The Mall

More-Than-Human Politics in the New Arctic Landscape of Youth: Atmospheric Shifts at the Shopping Mall
  • Noora PyyryEmail author
  • Inka Kaakinen
Part of the Children: Global Posthumanist Perspectives and Materialist Theories book series (CGPPMT)


Noora Pyyry and Inka Kaakinen write about More-than-human politics in the new Arctic landscape: shifts in atmospheres at the shopping mall. They examine the shopping mall as “a landscape, which has become axial in the everyday geographies of contemporary Arctic youth”. In their analysis, they probe politics at the mall by looking at the practices of hanging out. By thinking of shifts in the rhythms and atmospheres of the mall, they discuss the politicization of events. A more-than-human take on the issue gestates a relational political human subject. Politics is then approached beyond the subject–object divide: it is an affectual response to the prevailing circumstances that emerges from the joint-participation of diverse materialities. This makes it possible to analyze encounters at the mall without characterizing young people through the binaries of victim/rebel, angel/devil, consumer/activist etc. The new arctic landscape is approached in its complexity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.University of TampereTampereFinland

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