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El Mall: The Spatial and Class Politics of Shopping Malls in Latin America

Arlene Dávila


While becoming less relevant in the United States, shopping malls are booming throughout urban Latin America. But what does this mean on the ground? Are shopping malls a sign of the region's “coming of age”? This is the first book to answer these questions and explore how malls and consumption are shaping the conversation about class and social inequality in Latin America. Through original and insightful ethnography, the author shows that class in the neoliberal city is increasingly defined by the shopping habits of ordinary people. Moving from the global operations of the shopping mall indust ... More

Keywords: shopping malls, urban Latin America, consumption, social class, social inequality, shopping habits, consumerism, neoliberal politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520286849
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286849.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arlene Dávila, author
New York University