The Changing Production of Consumer Service Spaces
2005 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
This paper argues that it is important to recognise the changing production of service spaces, against the background of increased possibilities for social, economical and physical mobility, because it poses new challenges for urban policy making, entrepreneurialism and everyday urban life. The fluidity and flexibility of people, products and information have resulted in paradoxical processes of both concentration and dispersal spatially, and changed the formation process of cities in general and service spaces in particular. There are different types of service spaces but one of vast significance in the contemporary service economy and in a society characterised by urbanisation, neoliberalisation and globalisation, is the consumption nexus. The focus here is therefor on transactions of commodities from producer to consumer, which, to put the commodity transactions in a wider spatial and temporal context, can be described as a pocket of local order. And also on how these ordered place-based juxtapositions of actors and processes are produced in a dialectical relationship between spatial practices, representations of space and representational spaces. Drawing on a case study of the reconfiguration of Hötorgshusen in Stockholm CBD this paper shows the interwoven multi-scalar power relations and the diversity of actors and processes, involved in the production of consumer service spaces. Producers (both local entrepreneurs and global corporations), consumers (downtown office workers as well as visitors from near and far) as well as private and public institutions are vital actors, and commodities important actants, in the reconfiguration of places for commodity transactions.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-28354OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-28354DiVA: diva2:223876
The Inaugural Nordic Geographers Meeting, in Lund, Sweden.