PhD defence: The Social Dynamics of Food Consumption – Exploring the Role of Values, Taste and Social Class
Naja Buono Stamer
This PhD dissertation offers new empirically grounded insights into the social dynamics surrounding everyday food consumption. The aim is to investigate how three previously identified key elements – values, taste and social class – interact to explain food consumption. Drawing on quantitative data on Danish households’ actual food purchases, attitudes to food and their socio-economic resources, the analysis show that values and taste are important predictors of a range of everyday food consumption practices. However, values and taste alone cannot predict food consumption as they, together with their relationship to consumption, are grounded in structural logics that create differences between social classes. The dissertation thus concludes that to develop nuanced understandings of consumer behaviour we should investigate food consumption as pragmatic, moral practices that are socially and historically contingent.
Lotte Holm, Professor, Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Thomas Bøker Lund, Assistant Professor, Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Jesper Lassen, Professor, Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Alan Warde, Professor, Sustainable Consumption Institute, The University of Manchester
Jakob Skjøtt-Larsen, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University
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