Second-hand values and the production of ethical urban markets

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We are seeing today an increased interest in ethics, the environment, and social responsibility at the same time as the individual is expected, in different ways, to realize him-/herself through consumption. These interests coincide with the establishment of ethical markets for re-use and second-hand. In this paper we investigate and map out the ethical shopping spaces in Helsingborg, and how these retail spaces are co-created by consumers, retailers and city planners. Helsingborg is a regional center in the south of Sweden. Challenged by recent retail reconstruction at the global and national scale, the city’s commercial center is struggling in maintaining its position against out-of-town shopping malls and growing e-commerce. The paper aims to describe and analyse how re-use and second-hand are organised. In retail planning, re-use is a partly problematic business that generates different types of value for a place. Which values are expressed in various re-use and second-hand practices? How are these values transformed into strategies in retail planning? The paper is based on empirical data gathered in the process of producing a digital map for ‘environment-friendly’ good assortment and shops in Helsingborg, as well as a survey conducted among retailers and in-depth interviews with city planners.


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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


  • Sustainable Consumption, Retail, city planning, retailer
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch
Event33 Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference, 2015: "CO" – Co-productions, collaborations, contestations coming together in Copenhagen - University of Copenhagen, Southern Campus, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 2015 Aug 182015 Aug 21
Conference number: 33


Conference33 Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference, 2015
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