Death of buildings in consumer culture: natural death, architectural murder and cultural rape

Anderson, S. , Tonner, A. and Hamilton, K. (2017) Death of buildings in consumer culture: natural death, architectural murder and cultural rape. Consumption Markets and Culture, 20(5), pp. 387-402. (doi: 10.1080/10253866.2017.1367676)

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We propose that focusing on the death of buildings has much to offer in terms of our understanding of consumer culture. The aim of this paper is to explore the death of buildings from the perspective of consumers who have an interest in exploring obsolete buildings. Drawing on an ethnographic study of urban exploration, we uncover consumer understandings of death and mortality. We make a number of contributions. First, we demonstrate how death terminology is appropriate to material culture. Second, we reveal how consumer fascination with derelict buildings opens up opportunities for otherwise suppressed thoughts and conversations about death. Third, we recognise the multidimensional nature of death and introduce the concept of cultural death in consumer culture.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Anderson, Dr Stephanie
Authors: Anderson, S., Tonner, A., and Hamilton, K.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Consumption Markets and Culture
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1477-223X
Published Online:07 September 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
First Published:First published in Consumption Markets and Culture 20(5):387-402
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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