"Consuming Cities" explores patterns of consumption and culture in contemporary urban environments, bringing together debates taking place in sociology and cultural studies. It is written with a broad interdisciplinary readership in mind. The book is thematically organized and draws on an international range of urban case studies from around the world. It critically assesses the impact of consumption on the economies, social structures, geographies and cultures of the cities it discusses and on cities in general. This is a definitive resource for the study of contemporary urban consumption and culture, synthesizing a diverse and contested literature.
' an accessible and well-disposed inquiry into the impacts of consumption on contemporary cities and urban ways of life...Consuming Cities makes for interesting reading. It successfully frames some fairly complex theoretical issues within a variety of often interesting and always well-chosen cases. The book is excellent reading material for both graduate and undergraduate students, serving not only to bring together a variety of approaches from within the sociology of consumption, urban studies and cultural studies, but also as an eye-opener to some of the problems that an ongoing commodification of city life might pose to us as citizen's, consumers or planners of contemporary cities.' - Acta Sociologica