Sociology Faculty Scholarship

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Qualitative Inquiry


Sage Journals


shopping, mall, architecture, collaborative autoethnography, globalism, ethnography


Many of us have conflicted attitudes toward suburban shopping malls in the United States. Malls are environmentally irresponsible, reinforce a dependence on cars, fortify economic and social stratification, generate private-property, emphasize consumption, and are architecturally disappointing. Malls are also the places where we bought school shoes, where we garnered our first jobs, where we may see a diversity of products and people and tastes, and, remarkably, malls can still surprise us. This article is an overview of mall criticism and a narrative from reluctant mall enthusiasts. We sit at an equivocal place—in between the complexity and contradiction of the suburban shopping mall—while enjoying lunch.




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Under SAGE's Green Open Access policy, upon the article being accepted for publication, the Accepted Version of the article may be posted in the author's institutional repository.

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