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Target Markets - International Terrorism Meets Global Capitalism in the Mall

Suzi Mirgani

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Suzi Mirgani, Target Markets - International Terrorism Meets Global Capitalism in the Mall (2017), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839433522

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Beschreibung / Abstract

This book explores the points of convergence between corporate capitalist and terrorist practice. Assessing an increase in the number of terrorist attacks directed at commercial entities in urban areas, with an emphasis on the shopping mall in general and Nairobi's Westgate Mall in particular, Suzi Mirgani offers a fascinating and disturbing perspective on the spaces where the most powerful forces of contemporary culture - the most mainstream and the most extreme - meet on common ground.


Suzi Mirgani is Manager and Editor for Publications at the Center for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University in Qatar.


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This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)


  • Cover
  • Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • 1. Introduction: International Terrorism Meets Global Capitalism in the Mall
  • Terrorism at the Mall
  • The Politics of Shopping
  • The Ideological Complexities of Terrorism and Capitalism
  • 2. Developing the Shopping Mall
  • The Making of a Middle Class
  • The Globalization of Consumption and Contestation
  • Standardization of Consumption
  • Neoliberalism and the City
  • Make Way for the Mall
  • Transnational Networks of Capitalism, Terrorism, and Poverty
  • 3. Designing the Shopping Mall
  • A Brief History of the Shopping Mall
  • Exhibitions and Fairs
  • Arcades
  • Department Stores
  • The Shopping Center
  • The Contemporary Shopping Mall
  • Architectonics of Entrapment
  • Atmospherics of Enchantment
  • The Spectacle of Consumption: A Carnival of Contested Identities
  • 4. Securing the Shopping Mall
  • The Architecture of Security
  • The Panopticon of Shopping: Discipline and Purchase
  • Marketing Violence
  • Surveillance for Terrorism
  • Shaping Employee Behavior
  • 5. Spectacles of the Shopping Mall
  • Digital Media and the Globalization of Terror
  • Social Media and Personal Narratives
  • Commodification of Terror and Media Productions
  • 6. Conclusion: Specters of the Shopping Mall
  • Privatizing Public Space
  • Social Contract vs. Commercial Contract
  • Escape from the Mall
  • Chimeras of Consumption
  • Endnotes
  • Bibliography

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