Exploring the expression of taste through the processes of consumption this book provides an incisive and accessible evaluation of the current theories of consumption, and trends in the representation and purchase of food. Alan Warde outlines various theories of change in the twentieth century, and considers the parallels between their diagnoses of consumer behaviour and actual trends in food practices. He argues that dilemmas of modern practical life and certain imperatives of the culture of consumption make sense of food selection. He suggests that contemporary consumption is best viewed as a process of continual selection among an unprecedented range of generally accessible items which are made available both commerciall

Issues of Taste
Issues of taste

Part I contains three chapters. The first gives an overview of general competing theoretical explanations of the way that consumption is changing. The second shows that similar theoretical positions have generated contrasting accounts of changing food habits. The third chapter describes the empirical research carried out in order to estimate the origins and extent of change in British food habits between 1968 and 1992.

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