chapter  5
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Shopping

Theneedtodealwiththeproblemofworkisnot,ofcourse,confinedtotheunemployedortothoseabouttoentertheemployment market.Norisworkonlythatwhichearnsawage;thewomanwho isconfinedto'homeduties'isasmuchdeterminedbyherlabouras themanwhoworksinafactory.Videogamesorsurfing,thepleasuresofthebodywehavelinkedwithyouth,mayoffersomeresistancetotheconstrictionsanddehumanisingeffectsofwork.Forthe majorityofoursociety,however,oneofthemaininterventionsin theattempttodefineoneselfintermsotherthanthoseprovidedby one'soccupationoccursintheshoppingcentre.Shoppingasa culturalpracticeisthesubjectofthischapter;itstextsarethecity shoppingarcadessuchasSydney'sCentrepointandPerth'sCarillonCentreandthesuburbanshoppingtownorshoppingcentre, suchasSydney'sRoselands,Melbourne'sChadstoneorPerth's Carousel.