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20 April 2017
Title: Theoretical Reflections on the Practice of Eating
Speaker: Alan Warde, Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester
This talk presents some arguments from my recent book, The Practice of Eating. First, I review briefly developments in the sociology of food and eating and make some suggestions about how understanding might be improved by the application of theories of practice to the subject matter. This is followed by asking what sort of a scientific object eating might be, and what sort of a practice it is. Then I proceed to examine ways in which the practice is coordinated and organised, the role that habits play in its conduct, and how changes in practice might be explained. Followed by sketching an account of the ways in which established eating patterns might be understood and explained, using concepts of habituation, intermediation and institutionalisation. As illustration, I take cases of the emergence of a widespread taste for foreign or exotic foods in western societies in the late 20th century and the patterns of diffusion of vegetarianism. And, conclude by pointing to changes in provision, intermediation and cultural environment as sources for an explanation of the development of new tastes. .