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After taste: culture, consumption and theories of practice
The University of Manchester, UK.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Consumer Culture, ISSN 1469-5405, E-ISSN 1741-2900, Vol. 14, no 3, 279-303 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Multi-disciplinary studies of consumption have proliferated in the last two decades.Heavily influenced by notions of ‘the consumer’ and tenets of ‘the cultural turn’, explan-ations have relied preponderantly upon models of voluntary action contextualised bywebs of cultural meanings which constitute symbolic resources for individual choice.Arguably, the cultural turn has run its course and is beginning to unwind, a consequenceof internal inconsistencies, misplaced emphases and the cycle of generational successionin theory development in the social sciences. Theories of practice provide a competingalternative approach which contests the colonisation of consumption by models ofindividual choice and cultural expressivism. To that end, this article explores the useof theories of practice as a lens to magnify aspects of common social processes whichgenerate observable patterns of consumption. It is suggested that theories of practicemight provide a general analytic framework for understanding consumption, one whoseparticular emphases capture important and relevant aspects overlooked by previouslydominant approaches to consumption as culture. This article reviews reasons for theemergence of theories of practice and isolates some of their distinctive emphases.Strengths and weaknesses of the theory of practice as an approach to consumptionare discussed.

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2014. Vol. 14, no 3, 279-303 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-230807DOI: 10.1177/1469540514547828OAI: diva2:741928
Available from: 2014-08-29 Created: 2014-08-29 Last updated: 2015-09-22Bibliographically approved

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