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Retail therapy

Pratt, Andy C. (2004) Retail therapy. Geoforum, 35 (5). pp. 519-521. ISSN 0016-7185

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Abstract

Analyses of consumption are much like retail therapy. The notion of retail therapy suggests that shopping offers a solution to real problems. But, of course, looked at more closely, it becomes clear that retail therapy is anti-therapy: it is an avoidance technique, a distraction; it is not about the confrontation and resolution of problems. So it is with research that is focused on consumption, illuminating through they are, they are ultimately both limited and limiting.

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Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
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Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2005
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/277/

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