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The magic of the market place: Sociality in a neglected public space

Watson, Sophie (2009). The magic of the market place: Sociality in a neglected public space. Urban Studies, 46(8) pp. 1577–1591.

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This study explores the potentiality of markets as public space where multiple forms of sociality are enacted. Research was conducted in eight UK markets. The research revealed that markets represented a significant public and social space for different groups in the locality as a site for vibrant social encounters, for social inclusion and the care of others, for `rubbing along' and for mediating differences. The article concludes by arguing that the social encounters and connections found in markets contradict pessimistic accounts of the decline of social association, offering a contrast to the shopping mall and providing the possibility for the inclusion of marginalised groups and for the co-mingling of differences where these are increasingly relegated to more private spheres

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1360-063X
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Sociology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 21449
Depositing User: Sophie Watson
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:50
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2013 15:12
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