Studies of the organisation and location of retailing activity
have played a central role in the emergence of urban geography as a
major area of academic study. Moreover, retailing is increasingly
the focus of interdisciplinary research, with economists,
sociologists, psychologists and marketing specialists all
This book surveys and sets in context the wide range of research
work that has recently been done on retailing. It concentrates on
western industrial societies, particularly Britain and the USA, and
considers empirical research, theory and theoretical applications.
Topics covered include location analysis which is a traditional
area of academic interest; consumer behaviour, which is of
particular interest to psychologists, and retail organisation and
government involvement, which will interest all those concerned,
especially those actually involved in retail planning and
This comprehensive book is the first substantial review of
research in retail geography and suggests many future lines of
research within the field.
Originally published 1980.
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