GEOG 2TS3 - Geographies of Consumption II

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Geographies of Consumption February 2 nd 2016
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Geographies of Consumption Spaces of consumption: shopping malls The mall is a key part of a broader retail landscape (real & imagined) in which commodities are associated with desirable socio-cultural attributes
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Geographies of Consumption Shopping as an activity We spend a lot of time shopping (necessity & leisure) Shopping as a gendered activity (stereotypes and practices) Activities (hrs/week) Women (>15 yrs) Men (>15 yrs) Unpaid work 26.7 15.9 Purchasing goods & services 3.7 2.4 Groceries .9 .5 Paid work 27.3 31.4 Source: US Bureau of Labour Statistics (2009)
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Geographies of Consumption Covered shopping mall appeared in postwar period Victor Gruen designed first indoor shopping mall Pleasant places to shop but also “ centers of cultural enrichment, education and relaxation ” (Gruen 1960) US: 187 million adults (94%) visit a mall every month, spending an avg. of $99.90 per visit Southdale Centre in Edina, Minnesota (1956) designed by Victor Gruen
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