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Power and opposition in shopping centres
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
2006 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, no 4, 5- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses how power and resistance are exercised in one of Stockholm's biggest shopping centres. Power and resistance are keywords in Cultural Studies. However, the tradition is dominated by studies where 'Ordinary/common' people and their everyday resistance against economical, political and symbolic power is analysed. Critics of Cultural Studies have pointed out that this domination in some cases has led to a romanticized view on common people's resistance and an unproblematic, simplified concept of power. This article works in the tradition of Cultural Studies, but takes this critique seriously by distinguishing three arenas where economic, political and symbolical forms of power intersect and clash with other interests. These are located in the tension between three sets of relations: a) the shopping centre versus the local municipality, b) the centre management versus the individual businesses that run shops in the centre, and c) the shopping centre as a whole (comprising the owners, the shops and the space itself) versus the visitors (who are predominantly women). The empirical material consists of observations and field-notes, branch statistics, interviews with customers, shop employees and centre managers, photographic documentation, advertisements and other public sources from 1998 to 2002.

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2006. no 4, 5- p.
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cultural studies, shopping centres, economic, political and symbolic power, resistance, the flaneur, gender
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-146268ISI: 000243520600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-146268DiVA: diva2:397912
Available from: 2011-02-16 Created: 2011-02-16 Last updated: 2011-02-16Bibliographically approved

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