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Consuming Places : International Library of Sociology - Professor John Urry

Consuming Places

International Library of Sociology

Hardcover Published: 9th March 1995
ISBN: 9780415113106
Number Of Pages: 272

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Why do places differ from one another? Why do some places attract visitors and others investors? Why do some places repel? How are places consumed by those visiting? How does consumption affect local people and the environment?
John Urry has been discussing and writing on these and similar questions for the past fifteen years. In Consuming Places he gathers together his most significant contributions. Urry begins with an extensive review of the connections between society, time and space. He goes on to examine the concept of 'society', the nature of 'locality', the significance of 'economic restructuring', and the concept of the 'rural' in relationship to place. The book then considers how places have been transformed by the development of service occupations and industries. Concepts of the service class and post-industrialism are theoretically and empirically discussed. Attention is devoted to the ways in which places are consumed and particular attention is given to the visual character of such consumption and its implications for places and people. The implications for nature and the environment are also explored in depth. Finally, the author explores the changing nature of consumption and the tensions between commodification and collective enthusiasms in the context of the changing ways in which the countryside is consumed.
This wide-ranging book will be required reading for students and academics in sociology, geography, leisure studies, urban and regional studies 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: 9780415113106
ISBN-10: 0415113105
Series: International Library of Sociology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 9th March 1995
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1