Making the Self in a Material World: Food and Moralities of Consumption

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de Solier, Isabelle (2013) Making the Self in a Material World: Food and Moralities of Consumption. Cultural Studies Review, 19 (1). 9 - 27. ISSN 1837-8692


Food is increasingly central to consumer culture today. From fine dining restaurants to farmers’ markets, stainless steel kitchenware to celebrity chef cookbooks, there is a stylish array of culinary commodities available for fashioning our identities. Yet this occurs at a time when commodity consumption more generally is under greater question as a site of self-making, with the rise of anti-consumerist sentiment. This article examines how people negotiate these issues in their identity formation, by focusing on those for whom food is central to their sense of self: ‘foodies’. I draw on theories of consumption, identity and material culture, in particular the work of Daniel Miller, to examine ethnographic research undertaken with foodies in Melbourne, Australia.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.5130/csr.v19i1.3079
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 2002 Cultural Studies
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing
Keywords food; consumption; material culture; identity
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