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Consuming Places : The International Library of Sociology - Professor John Urry

Consuming Places

The International Library of Sociology

Paperback Published: 9th March 1995
ISBN: 9780415113113
Number Of Pages: 272

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John Urry'sConsuming Places, discusses what Urry terms the "makings of place"--that is, distinctive features of different places which make them either attractive or repellant to consumers, whether visitors or investors. Urry also explores the effects of consumption on these places and their respective local populations. Urry has been discussing and writing on these and similar issues for the past fifteen years. InConsuming Placeshe gathers together his most significant contributions. Urry begins with an extensive review of the connections between society, time and space, and examines such themes as locality, ruralism, and economic restructuring in relationship to place. The text considers how the development of service occupations and industries have transformed places through the emergence of a post-industrial service class. Urry then directs our attention to the nature of consumption in terms of its implications for place and people, citing naturaland environmental concerns and the tensions between commodification and collective enthusiasms. This wide-ranging book will prove indispensable for enthusiasts of geography, sociology, and urban, regional and cultural studies.

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""Consuming Places is a creative tour of recent trends in British social science, from the earlier debates on localities and restructuring to the new sociology of nature and culture. Urry's own work has not only reflected these trends, it has often set the pace for their most compelling achievements . . . No other sociologist has ever taken place so seriously." -Ed Soja, Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles

List of tables
Time and Space in the Consumption of Placep. 1
Sociology as a Parasite: Some Vices and Virtuesp. 33
The New Marxism of Collective Action: A Critical Analysisp. 46
Society, Space and Localityp. 63
Restructuring the Ruralp. 77
Capitalist Production, Scientific Management and the Service Classp. 90
Is Britain the First 'Post-Industrial Society'?p. 112
The Consumption of Tourismp. 129
Tourism, Travel and the Modern Subjectp. 141
Reinterpreting Local Culturep. 152
Tourism, Europe and Identityp. 163
The Tourist Gaze and the Environmentp. 173
The Making of the Lake Districtp. 193
Social Identity, Leisure and the Countrysidep. 211
Bibliographyp. 230
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780415113113
ISBN-10: 0415113113
Series: The International Library of Sociology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 9th March 1995
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1

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