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Consumption Culture: The Case of Food

Consumption culture: The case of food
MaraMiele

Introduction

In recent decades the attention to forms of consumption has grown in the social sciences (Miller, 1995: 1–57), especially among those authors involved in the debate about the definition of the ‘postmodern’ condition. The term ‘culture of consumption’ has been used by Featherstone (1991) to emphasize the world of consumer goods and to show that the structural principles of this world are of ever-increasing importance to the understanding of current changes in Western societies. More specifically, over the past two decades increasing attention has been paid by social scientists to the meanings, beliefs and social structures giving shape to food consumption (Lupton, 1996; Warde, 1999). This chapter explores some of the main perspectives that ...

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