Communication and Culture Spaces and Places
Communication and Culture
Spaces and Places
Spaces, Places and cultural identity
The theme park is increasingly part of the British experience of America.
Many Britons now find America more familiar than almost any other place on earth but this fascination with all things American is, paradoxically, often combined with a fear that our world is becoming too American.
Tourists are drawn to the city to experience the colour and diversity of city life but also in search of the cliches and characters they associate with that city.
The pubs, the shops, the hotels and the street ornaments are designed to reflect tourist expectations, as the city becomes it's own theme park. Tourism preserves and manufactures cliches
The built environment
"the humanitarian - made spaces in which people live, work and recreate on a day to day basis" Barthes (1957)
the built environment we inhabit is like a text that is all around us. Barthes (1957)
As such we can use semiotics to decode and apply different readings to this text.
Spaces, Places and Capitalism
Engels (1845) found cities horrifying. He said the city was a metaphor for capitalist exploitation.
(Theme parks) exclude the poor and disadvantaged from a growing range of public facilities.
Spaces and Places
the study of the spaces and places around us and how we relate to them.
This links to familiarity, identity, cultural identity and national identity.
Environments that hold no meaning because it's our first time there and/ or because we have no emotional attachment to it.
An environment that each of us individuals has an emotional attachment to.
Spaces, Places and Post - Colonialism
National museums and art collections reflect an imperial past when treasures were collected from imperial processions as symbols of national power.
Cities help to define our identity and transmit cultural elements such as values, attitudes, styles, history and nationality.
Spaces, Places and Feminism
Feminists believe that the division between the public and lounge (saloon) bar in a traditional pub reflects a gender division in our society.
Spaces, Places and Consumerism
Did you know - Britain's largest supermarket chains command larger profits than some third world countries?!