The ‘magic of the mall’ revisited: Malls and the embodied politics of life

Miller, Jacob C. and Laketa, Sunčana (2018) The ‘magic of the mall’ revisited: Malls and the embodied politics of life. Progress in Human Geography. ISSN 0309-1325

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This article reviews recent literature on shopping malls that reaffirms their importance for human geography. Taking Goss’s seminal work on the ‘magic of the mall’ as a starting point, we trace how recent works attuned to emotion and affect have updated and inspired a re-conceptualization of this potential ‘magic’. Synthesizing the linkages between consumer architecture with spatial politics and emotional and affective sensibilities in those spaces, the article seeks to help set the agenda for further research in this field by emphasizing how social difference infuses the retail atmosphere and the way it reveals the workings of geopolitics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Consumption, affect, emotion, shopping mall, subjectivity, geopolitics
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2018 14:43
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 22:45

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