To the rhythm of shopping - on synchronisation in urban landscapes of consumption

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title To the rhythm of shopping - on synchronisation in urban landscapes of consumption
Author(s) Kärrholm, Mattias
Date 2009
English abstract
This article deals with the impact of retail rhythms on urban life and urban landscape, with a special focus on tendencies toward synchronisation. The article is divided into three sections. First, the history of synchronisations in public space is traced, and it is argued that the retail business has become an increasingly important actor in the production of urban temporal landscapes. Second, six different types of spatial synchronisation are discussed, derived from studies of the city of Malmö, Sweden. Finally, I discuss the problems associated with increased spatial synchronisation, as imposed by retail businesses, on public life and space, arguing that urban synchronisations might lead to an isorhythmic tendencies and a decrease in the territorial complexity of public space.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649360902853254 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Routledge
Host/Issue Social & Cultural Geography;4
Volume 10
ISSN 1464-9365
Pages 421-440
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) consumption
public space
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/8215 (link to this page)

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