No fish, no mall: Industrial fish produce new subjectivities in Southern Chile

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This article draws on recent theories of assemblage to consider the more-than-human geographies involved in the production of new consumer-oriented urban landscapes. Primarily drawing on Bruno Latour (2005), this article develops key conceptual tools through an examination of the Mall Paseo Chiloé in southern Chile and the more-than-human objects and processes that play a role in its inception. While this article is concerned with neoliberal retail capital and its expansion, this article focuses on how the possibilities for this expansion were produced, in part, by the force of techno-industrial salmon aquaculture that had arrived in the region in previous years. Importantly, this salmon-commodity holds together a series of human-environment relationships that make the arrival of the shopping mall possible in the first place. The mall is then conceptualized as an assemblage, with the salmon working as the linchpin that holds together multiple relations between the physical, built and emotional environments at the Chiloé archipelago.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-133
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


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