Spaces of consumption, connection, and community: Exploring the role of the coffee shop in urban lives

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Abstract

Coffee shops have been described as ‘third places’ in urban lives separate from the work and home, providing places for people to meet, relax and develop connections. However, the growing presence of coffee shops in the urban landscape has meant that they increasingly take on a wider range of roles, becoming spaces of both leisure and work but also providing spaces of sociality in which people can develop connections, and potentially communities. The roles of coffee shops in five cities in England are explored in order to consider how they can be understood not only as spaces of consumption, but spaces which facilitate connection in increasingly isolated urban lives, and generate the potential for communities to develop. By understanding the varied ways in which businesses and consumers co-create these spaces, it may be possible to increase their potential as ‘spaces of community’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-29
Number of pages9
JournalGeoforum
Volume119
Early online date8 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Jan 2021

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© 2021 Elsevier Ltd

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Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Coffee
  • Coffee shops
  • Community
  • High street
  • Retail

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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