Shopping Centres, Consumption and Community Sustainability
This paper looks at the emergence and proliferation of large-scale internalised shopping centres in the post-war period, offering an historical perspective to contemporary critiques of globalisation and consumption. It examines these centres in terms of the ‘artificial environment’ that they create - an inner world directly contrasted to ‘nature’ which is seen as an intrusion into the efficiencies of selling. The expansion of these public, yet privately controlled environments, has seen the deep infiltration of commerce into community life. Centre operators emphasise their attachment to communities whilst at the same time calculating how to maximise their profit from them. The paper argues that this commercialisation of local social life has profound implications for community identity and sustainability.
Keywords: Australia, Consumer, Shopping, Retail, Culture, History, Community, Sustainability
Mr Matt Bailey
Student/ Tutor, Department of Modern History