Consumption and urban public space


Published by Harriet Phipps

Friday, May 5th, 2017

The Cemore reading group will meet on Wednesday 10th May, 4-5 pm in Mobilities Lab to discuss:

Prashan Ranasinghe. 2011. “Public Disorder and Its Relation to the Community-Civility-Consumption Triad: A Case Study on the Uses and Users of Contemporary Urban Public Space.” Urban Studies 48, 9:1925-1943.

The link to this article:

The paper will serve as an excuse to discuss the problem of consumption in the contemporary urban public space. Who has “the right to the city”, who has the right to shopping malls? Ranasinghe refers to the Bauman and Zukin, working on an example of squeegeeing. I would like to focus on the example of consumption and consumer mobility. I am looking forward to hear your thoughts.

An additional reading is a chapter of the new, exciting book “El Mall”. It is the conclusion chapter called “Shopping Malls and the Fight for Public Space” (pp. 161-174).

Everyone is invited to attend and join in the discussion. If you can’t be there in person, Skype is possible. If you need a copy, any further information or to arrange to attend by Skype, please contact z.bednarowska1 [at lancaster university domain]

[photo credit: Zofia Bednarowska]


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