Retail Ruins: The Ghosts of Post-Industrial Spectacle

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In the context of widespread precarity and ongoing crises, it is no surprise ruins have captured much attention in recent years. This book is about a new kind of space, one that is deeply troubling for consumer society: the retail ruin.

Jacob C. Miller bridges human geography, archaeology and critical urban studies to offer a starting point for conceptualizing retail ruins. Drawing on fieldnotes and photographs, Miller crafts a hauntological approach informed by the theories of Walter Benjamin and Jacques Derrida to more recent thinking on assemblage, spectacle and the politics of urban space.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherBristol University Press
Number of pages150
ISBN (Electronic)9781529225549
ISBN (Print)9781529225532
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2023

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