We’re delighted to see lots of positive reviews for Consuming Space: Placing Consumption in Perspective (edited by Michael K. Goodman, David Goodman and Michael Redclift).
Chicken industry in UK, the violent history of luxury teak wood in Burma, boutique hotels in New York, chewing gum and the ‘tropical paradise’ of Cancun, seduction and commodity fetishism, ethical local and organic food, Chilean wine in UK, internet and consumption…Wondering what they have in common? The answer is: they are all amazingly catchy cases for developing a theory of consumption, production and the role of space – and they are all to be found in one edited volume – Consuming Space: Placing Consumption in Perspective
This edited volume is one of those in which one finds something new and valuable every time one returns to it. It is literally packed with both interesting facts and great theoretical insights. Even though most of the contributors work within the field of social geography, I believe that the volume contains many interesting perspectives for anthropologists.
The focus of the volume is on understanding the ways in which we produce and consume space, as much as ways in which we produce and consume nature – the various case studies all relate to this topic.
From the on line journal New Zealand Geographer:
The wide range of material covered in Consuming Places did indeed ‘place consumption in perspective’ demonstrating successfully how production and consumption are intertwined in the construction and reconstruction of place and space. A pleasure to consume, the book has a permanent ‘place’ on my bookshelf! Juliana Mansvelt, Massey University