By Ben Malbon
Providing an informative and intimate perception into the area of clubbing and the reports of clubbers, this e-book offers a transparent educational framework for research during this field.
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Shopping in an empty shopping centre, for example, would for most people be as strange as not shopping at all. Yet, few attempts have been made to extend this recognition into less obvious or perhaps methodologically more problematic areas or modes of consuming. In particular, few attempts have been made to explicitly look at the active creation of the consuming experience by the consumers themselves21. This general absence is perplexing. An increasing emphasis on consumer reflexivity and the associated growth in both identity politics and individuation processes that have accompanied what Glennie and Thrift (1996:234) call this ‘reflexive turn’ have resulted in a heightened role for the practices constituting sociality, the role of identifications and the sites and spaces of social centrality that promote them.
Again, the directions and deficiencies of this work have received plenty of exposure and need no introduction. However, a number of key points that have a direct bearing upon the notion of experiential consuming that I outline later bear repeating. First, while studies are starting to recognise the 20 THREE STARTING POINTS crucial spatial element of consuming, most studies have lacked any engagement with the historical dimensions of this consuming (Jackson, 1995; Glennie and Thrift, 1992; Sack, 1992).
24) and the constitution of consuming experiences by individuals and groups more broadly. This is a further 21 THE BEGINNINGS outcome of the ethnographic inertia of geographers, and tallies directly with the general paucity of detailed understandings of young people, their social lives, practices and spaces that I flagged up earlier. We know staggeringly little about the interactional order (Goffman, 1959) through which social life is played out on a micro, everyday, at times mundane and often non-rational level—what Danny Miller (1995) refers to as the ways that ‘ordinary people’ actually live their lives.