Consuming Space

Placing Consumption in Perspective

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  • Edited by Michael K. Goodman, King's College London, UK, David Goodman, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA and Michael Redclift, King's College London, UK
  • An examination of the relationship between space, place and consumption offers important insights into some of the most powerful forces constructing contemporary societies. Space and place are made and remade through consumption. Yet how do cultures of consumption discover space, and how do they construct place?

    This book addresses these questions by exploring the implications of conceptualizing consumption as a spatial, increasingly global, yet intensely localized activity. The work develops integrative approaches that articulate the processes involved in the production and consumption of space and place. The result is a varied, engaging, and innovative study of consumption and its role in structuring contemporary capitalist political economies.
  • Contents: Preface; Introduction – Grounding Consuming Space: Introduction: situating consumption, space and place, Michael K. Goodman, David Goodman, and Michael Redclift; Multiple spaces of consumption: some historical perspectives, Frank Trentmann; The seduction of space, David B. Clarke. Part I The Consumption of Space and Place: Frontier spaces of production and consumption: surfaces, appearances and representations on the ‘Mayan Riviera’, Michael Redclift; Recognition and redistribution in the renegotiation of rural space: the dynamics of aesthetic and ethical critiques, John Wilkinson. Part II Consumption in Space and Place: Ethical campaigning and buyer-driven commodity chains: transforming retailers' purchasing practices?, Alex Hughes, Neil Wrigley and Martin Buttle; The cultural economy of the boutique hotel: the case of the Schrager and W hotels in New York, Donald McNeill and Kim McNamara. Part III Consumption as Connection/Disconnection/Reconnection: Manufacturing meaning along the chicken supply chain: consumer anxiety and the spaces of production, Peter Jackson, Neil Ward and Polly Russell; Place and space in alternative food networks: connecting production and consumption, David Goodman. Part IV Consumption as Production and Production as Consumption: Creating palate geographies: Chilean wine and UK consumption spaces, Robert N. Gwynne; Consuming Burmese teak: anatomy of a violent luxury resource, Raymond L. Bryant; Space for change or changing spaces: exploiting virtual spaces of consumption, Angus Laing, Terry Newholm and Gill Hogg; Index.
  • About the Editor: Dr Michael K. Goodman is Lecturer in Geography, King's College London, David Goodman is Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA and Michael Redclift is Professor of International Environmental Policy at King's College London, UK
  • Reviews: 'This is a book that quite literally maps the complex territory between consumption and production. Case studies of Chilean wine, chewing gum, chickens and more provide fascinating insight into the changing contours of what proves to be a fluid, contested and sometimes disturbing landscape.'
    Elizabeth Shove, Lancaster University, UK

    'In a most interesting set of geographical analyses Consuming Space enriches our understanding of the diverse spatial and locational patterns and relations of consumption in modern society. An excellent and innovative volume, complementary to the existing literature on consumption.'
    Arthur P.J. Mol, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

    'The wide range of material covered in Consuming Places did indeed 'place consumption in perspective' demonstrating successfully how production and consumption are intertwined in the construction and reconstruction of place and space. A pleasure to consume, the book has a permanent 'place' on my bookshelf!'
    Juliana Mansvelt, New Zealand Geographer

    '… an enduring accomplishment of this edited collection is its significant contribution to the current debate on sustainable consumption. Indeed, it adds to our knowledge of the broader disciplines of human geography and economics and specifically of the fields of spatial behaviour, colonialism, post-colonialism and human territoriality. In summary, this publication should be regarded as essential reading for students, from undergraduate level upwards, and for geographers, historians and economists alike.'
    Irish Geography