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    Reconfiguring the radical other: urban children's consumption practices and the nature/culture divide

    Wells, Karen (2002) Reconfiguring the radical other: urban children's consumption practices and the nature/culture divide. Journal of Consumer Culture 2 (3), pp. 291-315. ISSN 1469-5405.

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    Abstract

    This article explores children’s consumption of ‘nature’ in culturally diverse urban places. Analysis of children’s oral, textual and visual representations of city life and observations of children’s spatial practices that were produced for research into the cultural practices of children in an urban context showed that children render nature in the city as a polluting and polluted presence. However, consumption practices that reconfigured ‘nature’ as part of urban culture dissolved the boundaries between nature and the city. I argue that this binary opposition between nature and urban culture echoes other binary oppositions that rest ultimately on the division between the Self and the Other. The ways that consumption practices reconfigure nature’s relationship to the city therefore offer insights into the negotiation of difference in urban everyday life.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): cultural difference, forms of nature, idealized commodities, working-class children
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Department of Geography
    Research Centre: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2016 16:14
    Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 12:00
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/15395

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