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Jana Spilková and Lucie Radová:
The Formation of Identity in Teenage Mall Microculture: A Case Study of Teenagers in Czech Malls [565]

Radová, Jana Spilková and Lucie. 2011. „The Formation of Identity in Teenage Mall Microculture: A Case Study of Teenagers in Czech Malls.“ Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review 47 (3): 565-586

Abstract: Geographies of children and youth are a surprisingly neglected research topic in the transforming (post-communist) countries, where many societal changes are taking place. This article introduces a research project that focused on teenagers and their leisure-time activities, concentrating especially on teenagers who spend the majority of their leisure time in shopping malls. The goal of the article is to reveal how such teenagers use the micro-space of the shopping mall, how they socialise, and how their social identities may be produced through different practices in the mall space. The study focused on teenagers aged 14–17 ‘hanging out’ in shopping malls in the largest Czech cities. The data were collected by participant observation and interviews. The teenagers studied have abandoned typical public spaces used for leisure time and produced their own spatial identities in the specific space of the shopping mall. They have created a true microculture through a combination of the personalities, locations, and events that they share in in the mall environment. The article also discusses interesting results concerning preference factors for leisure time activities in the mall environment. The concluding part of the article draws implications from the study for the future research agenda in the geographies and sociologies of youth.

Keywords: teenagers, hanging out, spatial microculture, geography of children and youth, shopping mall, Czech Republic

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