Spatial biographies of children's consumption: Market places and spaces of childhood in the 1930s and beyond

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Abstract

Drawing upon historical research, contemporary academic treatments of children's geographies and some preliminary observations of a few 'children's' retail settings in the USA, this article concentrates on building an analytic of commercialized children's spaces. An account of the construction of retail departments specifically for children in USA clothing stores in the 1930s offers an insight into two intersecting spatial dimensions: aspirational and proprietary spaces. These, in turn, inform how versions of the 'child consumer' shape, and have been shaped by, spatially situated market considerations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-169
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Consumer Culture
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Marketing

Keywords

  • Children
  • Children's geographies
  • Clothing
  • Consumer culture
  • Gender
  • Retail spaces

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