Life in the city starts at the centre: a genealogy of the neoliberal city, through four generations of shopping spaces in Toronto

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dc.contributor.advisor Keohane, Kieran en
dc.contributor.author McElligott, Christopher
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-19T10:43:52Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.date.submitted 2017
dc.identifier.citation McElligott, C. 2017. Life in the city starts at the centre: a genealogy of the neoliberal city, through four generations of shopping spaces in Toronto. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 301 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/4914
dc.description.abstract This thesis traces out changes in the urban landscape of retail consumption. It begins with a general history of shifts from arcades, to department stores, and moves to more recent shopping malls and shopping streets in Toronto. There is a particular focus on the development of Toronto’s Eaton Centre. By uncovering a historical archaeology of shopping spaces in the city of Toronto, this study constructs a genealogy of the neoliberal city. This reveals traces of the influence that the exercise of power has had on the way in which the city has come to be managed. The emergence of specific interventions in urban life which made the city more hospitable to consumer culture is highlighted. The practices of thought and action that officials, reformers, and shoppers developed to deal with problematic situations is identified. With this approach, it proposes that the general principles of enclosure, sanitization and control characteristic of the arcade, have now come to organize city streets. The central argument is that the neoliberal city is dominated by consumption, and that dominant governance principles revolve around attracting forms of global capital that facilitate and bolster ‘globalised consumer culture.’ The thesis also advances understanding of the confluences between the emergence and consolidation of consumer culture, shifts in the forms of retail spaces made available to consumers, and more general changes in urban capitalist urban social and spatial form. Particular focus is given to connecting elements of Toronto’s urbanization through the long 20th Century to broader movements and utopian ideals in urban planning. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2017, Christopher McElligott. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Toronto en
dc.subject Toronto Eaton Centre en
dc.subject POPS en
dc.subject Consumption en
dc.subject Shopping centres en
dc.subject Neoliberalism en
dc.subject Consumerism en
dc.subject Urban planning en
dc.subject Urbanism en
dc.subject Public space en
dc.subject Public street en
dc.subject Privately owned public spaces en
dc.subject Revitalisation en
dc.subject Redevelopment en
dc.subject Shopping en
dc.title Life in the city starts at the centre: a genealogy of the neoliberal city, through four generations of shopping spaces in Toronto en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral Degree (Structured) en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Social Science) en
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dc.check.date 2020-10-18T10:43:52Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Applied Social Studies en
dc.internal.school Sociology en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Not applicable en
dc.thesis.opt-out false
dc.check.entireThesis Entire Thesis Restricted
dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
ucc.workflow.supervisor n.hourigan@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Autumn 2017 en


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