The Spatial Dialectics of Modernity and Retail Affect at Abasto Shopping, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Miller, Jacob (2013) The Spatial Dialectics of Modernity and Retail Affect at Abasto Shopping, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Urban Geography, 34 (6). pp. 843-863. ISSN 0272-3638

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2013.799338

Abstract

The paper is about the political life of a building: the Abasto. Located in what was called the "most porteño" neighborhood in the first part of the 20th century ("porteño" is someone from central Buenos Aires) when it functioned as the city's main food market, the Abasto became a massive shopping mall in 1998 amid rapid neoliberal restructuring. This paper charts the political life of this building in two steps. First, by drawing on theories of socio-spatial dialectics, this paper charts the history of the Abasto as an urban object in a wider political landscape of porteño modernity. Second, by incorporating recent theories of affect and presenting findings from field work carried out at the mall in 2010 and 2011, this paper develops a framework for understanding the politics of consumption in a "post-neoliberal" urban landscape.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Argentina, shopping malls, architecture, neoliberalism, dialectics, affect
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2018 18:13
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2018 18:13
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/37299

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