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‘Right Taste, Wrong Place’: Local Food Cultures, (Dis)identification and the Formation of Classed Identity

Cappellini, Benedetta, Parsons, Elizabeth and Harman, Vicki (2015) ‘Right Taste, Wrong Place’: Local Food Cultures, (Dis)identification and the Formation of Classed Identity Sociology, 50 (6). pp. 1089-1105.

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This article investigates how culinary taste contributes to the formation of middle class identity in a working class context in the UK. We explore practices of food consumption among a group of individuals working at a UK university located in a working class city. We find a rather limited and discrepant cosmopolitanism, in which culinary practices are evaluated in terms of those worth engaging in, and those not worth engaging in, based on their ‘user friendliness’ for cosmopolitan middle class dispositions. Depictions of the local food culture as lacking are also dominant, used as a negative ground against which these dispositions are hierarchically formulated. Here middle class culinary tastes seem to be driven by disengagement with the wrong sort of place and a relatively closed alignment with the ‘proper’ and the ‘safe’ rather than by any open creative individuality.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Cappellini, Benedetta
Parsons, Elizabeth
Date : 3 August 2015
DOI : 10.1177/0038038515593033
Uncontrolled Keywords : Culinary taste; Food consumption; Local food cultures; Middle class; Social class
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 21 Nov 2017 15:35
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 19:04

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