“Consuming” at the Border: Practices and Perceptions in Catalonia

Abstract : Based on the testimony of young people from the Pyrénées-Orientales (a department in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France), this sociological study analyses their perceptions and practices linked to consumerism in a cross-border area between France and Spain. A comprehensive approach was adopted through observations and semi-structured interviews. Young people have a specific notion of “territory” and this leads to particular forms of consumerism. The expansion of prostitution around the border town of La Jonquera seems to be an extension of these forms of consumerism. In this article, the young cross-border consumers' practices and perceptions will be presented. From those interviews, we gather that those typical young consumers seem to make use of the area in a specific way. There appears to be a codified and ritualized consumerism which consists of buying targeted products in stores which are perceived as "discount stores", in a limited time frame (round-trip), intending to maximize their trip. The core of the analysis targets the specific type of consumerism which consists of prostitution in the "puticlubs" (genuine sex supermarkets). Based on the data, we will demonstrate that prostitutional activities have the same characteristics as other consumed goods or services, and that the subjective reasoning behind the logic of consumerism is similar.
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Sophie Avarguez, Aude Harlé. “Consuming” at the Border: Practices and Perceptions in Catalonia. Territoire en mouvement.Revue de Géographie et d'Aménagement, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 2016, ⟨10.4000/tem.3047⟩. ⟨hal-02329608⟩

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