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Radical third spaces: how independent bookstores contribute to culture

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book culture, Edmonton, Alberta, Edinburgh, Scotland

Abstract (summary)

This study focuses on comparing the book culture of Glass Bookshop in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with Lighthouse Bookshop in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. Unobtrusive observation of the stores' websites, book club and in-store pop-up events, and in-store browsing habits at Glass Bookshop and Lighthouse Bookshop contributed to the data collected. Analysis of the stores' websites and events were one-time occurrences. In-store observations at Glass Bookshop and Lighthouse Bookshop occurred three times a week for two weeks. Data was analyzed using a qualitative approach. It was found that Glass Bookshop's minimalistic aesthetic was reflected through all its mediums. Lighthouse Bookshop's slightly busy aesthetic was reflected in the warmth surrounding its event and store aesthetic. A survey was distributed to both store's staff and customers, but the results are not discussed.

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Presented on April 19, 2024, at Student Research Day held at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, and on September 21-23, 2023, at the 2023 Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts (STP&A) Conference held at the University of Kentucky, Department of Arts Administration, Lexington, KY, USA.

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