The Assemblages of (Counter) Spectacle – Mega-Retail in Post-Dictatorship Chile and Beyond

Miller, Jacob (2023) The Assemblages of (Counter) Spectacle – Mega-Retail in Post-Dictatorship Chile and Beyond. Environment and Planning A. ISSN 0308-518X (In Press)

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Spectacle, once a key term for critical theories, has had limited theoretical development in recent decades. To make sure the concept remains relevant today, this paper turns to actor-network theory (ANT) and assemblage theories to reconceptualize what the spectacle is and how it operates today. Working with a case study of a controversial urban spectacle in southern Chile – a new shopping mall, the “Mall Paseo Chiloé” – this paper explores a set of findings that illustrate what these approaches have to offer. First, in viewing the spectacle as a hybrid entity, we uncover vital forces inside what might at first appear to be irrelevant features of the building's architectural design. At the same time, this approach includes the forces of ambivalent desire and fluidity that reveal the dynamics of resistance inside that same design. As such, this paper focuses on a specific aspect of this building that makes it a unique form of counter-spectacle.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: spectacle and counter-spectacle, actor-network theory (ANT), assemblage, architecture, Chile and Chiloé
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2023 09:56
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2023 14:30

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