The Role of Consumption in the Organization of Urban Space: the Case of Neo-Bohemia

In our study, we aim to understand the relations between consumption and organization of urban space through acts of legitimization, performative consumption, value dynamics and cultural politics of consumption from a Bourdieudian perspective in the context of a neo-bohemian neighborhood in Toronto. Using ethnographic observations, interviews with the art galleries and residents, marketing material and media coverage, we focus on conversion of capital through strategies used by different actors in this urban scene to create or to contest value, and through struggles over symbolic and social spaces where value is created.


Yesim Ozalp and Russell Belk (2009) ,"The Role of Consumption in the Organization of Urban Space: the Case of Neo-Bohemia", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 36, eds. Ann L. McGill and Sharon Shavitt, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 830-830.


Yesim Ozalp, York University, Canada
Russell Belk, York University, Canada


NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 36 | 2009

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