Consumption, Food and Taste: Culinary Antinomies and by Alan Warde

By Alan Warde

Exploring the expression of style in the course of the techniques of intake this booklet offers an incisive and obtainable review of the present theories of intake, and developments within the illustration and buy of food.

Alan Warde outlines quite a few theories of swap within the 20th century, and considers the parallels among their diagnoses of patron behaviour and real traits in nutrition practices. He argues that dilemmas of recent sensible existence and likely imperatives of the tradition of intake make experience of nutrients choice. He means that modern intake is better seen as a technique of continuous choice between an unheard of variety of typically obtainable goods that are made on hand either commerciall

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F o o d fads, fad diets, f o o d s e c t a r i a n i s m s , e v e n n e w trends in culinary aesthetics a n d the generally g r o w i n g interest in c o o k i n g , m a y b e better u n d e r s t o o d in the light o f the aspiration for n e w individual dietary g o a l s a n d n o r m s . (Fischler, 1980: 9 4 9 - 5 0 ) For Fischler, the behaviour of individuals grows more diverse but without any secure foundation. As a consequence of individualization and deregulation, people are deprived of confidence in foodstuffs, in expert advice and in their own abilities to select what to eat.

Thesis two: post-Fordist food Claude Fischler interprets food fads, fashions and sects as evidence of atomization and the disintegration of social regulation. However, what Fischler disparages as cultish may be seen by someone else as commitment to a set of values or mode of life, not pathological but admirable practice. These phenomena might instead be evidence of stylization, niche consumption and neo-tribalism. Such might be the condition of post-Fordist consumption, a growing differentiation of distinctive lifestyles as the era of mass consumption passes away.

But perhaps the most significant example of all is vegetarianism. Vegetarianism has become a social movement of considerable significance in the U K , where around 6 per cent of the population claim to be vegetarians, a much higher proportion than in other European countries. Although studies of contemporary vegetarianism are few, there is evidence that vegetarianism coincides with other lifestyle attributes and often with political, ethical or religious commitments (Hamilton, 1993; Beardsworth & Keil, 1992; Fiddes, 1991).

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