Consumerism, disorientation and postmodern space: A modest test of an immodest theory

Woodward, I, Emmison, M and Smith, P (2000) Consumerism, disorientation and postmodern space: A modest test of an immodest theory. British Journal of Sociology, 51 2: 339-354. doi:10.1111/j.1468-4446.2000.00339.x


Author Woodward, I
Emmison, M
Smith, P
Title Consumerism, disorientation and postmodern space: A modest test of an immodest theory
Journal name British Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0007-1315
Publication date 2000
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-4446.2000.00339.x
Volume 51
Issue 2
Start page 339
End page 354
Total pages 16
Place of publication London
Publisher Routledge Journals
Collection year 2000
Language eng
Subject C1
370101 Social Theory
750502 Consumer affairs
Abstract There has recently been an explosion of theoretical literature on social space. A central claim in this literature is that postmodern spaces are experienced as confusing or disorienting by human subjects. This claim remains untested. The paper reports results from a small-scale survey conducted in one form of postmodern space - the shopping mail. It suggests that unsupported assertions about the disorienting effects of postmodern space and their associated influence on consumerist activities should be treated with scepticism. Through practice humans are able to develop routines which enable them to competently navigate these spaces.
Keyword Sociology
Postmodern Space
Disorientation
Consumerism
Shopping Behaviour
Shopping Malls
Strategies
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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