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The Socio-cultural Meaning of Shopping Mall as an Urban Leisure Space: A Social Construction of Space Approach

  • Journal of Tourism Sciences
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2010, 34(6), pp.191-210
  • Publisher : The Tourism Sciences Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Tourism

Changsup Shim 1 서용석 2

1University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
2

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ABSTRACT

In contemporary urban areas, shopping mall has been considered as a space for spending leisure time as well as a space for buying goods. In this article, shopping mall is analyzed as a socio-cultural text from the perspective of social construction of space, which emphasizes socio-cultural meanings of a particular space rather than physical characteristics. Many scholars in the field of geography, anthropology, sociology, and recreation and leisure studies have found that shopping mall has three characteristics as a space including a post-modern space, a space of globalization and local identity, and a new public space. Based on the three characteristics about shopping malls, this article concludes that shopping mall as a urban leisure space reflects the commercialization of leisure.

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