A fear of the High Street or just a 'lazy' culture: the High Street verses the shopping centre/mall, public verses private space.

Whitchurch, Adam (2006) A fear of the High Street or just a 'lazy' culture: the High Street verses the shopping centre/mall, public verses private space. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    It is said that in today's society, more than at any other time in the past, we are living life for its conveniences. One subject very much within this, is the issue of walking or taking the car, increasingly it is the latter of these two options, irrespective of distance or the task at hand. At the same time a new phenomena has appeared in the last few decades, the 'fear of crime', disregarding actual levels of crime, in most respect, individuals and groups are now finding themselves visiting certain areas, due to a newly inherent fear of 'others'.
    This study is designed to look at both, the factors of 'laziness' and 'fear' of crime and 'others', in relation to the use of either public or private spaces, in this case retail locations. In the form of the private shopping mall/centre or the public high street, under the title of; "A fear of the High Street or just a 'lazy' culture: the High Street verses the shopping centre/mall, public verses private space". This study uses three hypotheses to determine whether or not individuals or groups, concentrating upon gender and ethnicity, are making preferences for one of these two shopping locations as a result of convenience or 'laziness' or whether it is a 'others' within it.
    Results from both the analysis of primary questionnaire data, from 120 participants and secondary writings and information sources produce a conclusion that; both reinforces traditional views of gender and racial roles within these two retail areas but also acts to shed stronger stereotypical views based upon, for example male use of the shopping mall and non-whites use of the high street.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 09 Jul 2015 16:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/239

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