Urba06
Re:dwelling: city space and retro-fying practices

Convenors:
Lisa Wiklund (Ethnology)
Helene Brembeck (University of Gothenburg)
Niklas Sörum (University of Gothenburg)
Stream:
Urban
Location:
VG 4.103
Start time:
28 March, 2017 at 16:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

Our ambition with this panel is to analyze the various ways that place and city space contribute to shape 2nd hand markets, and vice versa, through a variety of place-making practices, and how the role of destination and place can be understood in relation to retro-fying practices.

Long abstract:

Our ambition with this panel is to analyze how place, the city and urban space are performative on the re:heritage market (Appelgren and Bohlin 2015); a broader definition of the 2nd hand market and consumption field, focusing on small-scale entrepreneurs and shops, from flea markets, thrift stores, second hand- and retro shops, to more exclusive vintage boutiques, a sector that has undergone a rapid growth the past decades (e.g. Crewe, Gregson and Brooks 2003; Duffy, Hewer and Wilson 2012; McColl et al 2013). The panel sets out to study the place-making activities that (co)articulate goods, retail, consumers and location(s); i.e. how the the role of destination and place can be understood on the 2nd hand market, place here both referring to a relatively fixed, bounded and geographical sense of place and to a more open sense of place as an "ever-shifting social geometry of power and signification" (Massey 1994:3). Retail architecture also tend to become complex, focusing on place-making and the creation of shopping-friendly atmospheres. The 2nd hand market's development and new location in many local high streets (previously a retail category found on the peripheries of cities) are shaping "alternative" geographies of retailing and consumption (Crewe 2000). The role of place, location, destination and its relation to the city or urban space as such has only started to be explored. The panel welcomes contributions on the various ways that place and city space contribute to shape 2nd hand markets, and vice versa, through a variety of place-making practices.