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.
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
'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