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Modernisation and the practices of contemporary food shopping

Everts, J. and Jackson, P. (2009) Modernisation and the practices of contemporary food shopping. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space , 27 (5). pp. 917-935. ISSN 0263-7758

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This paper examines the relationship between modernisation, consumption, and society, challenging received ideas about the distinction between ‘modern’ and ‘premodern’ geographies of food consumption. While conventional accounts posit a historical progression from premodern to modern forms of consumption, associated with the rise of the supermarket and the demise of the corner store, we argue that such distinctions may, in fact, refer less to a historical process of transition than to a contrast between different forms of contemporary sociality, experienced simultaneously in different sites of consumption. By drawing critically on the work of Augé and his contrast between places and nonplaces, these ideas are then put to work empirically in an examination of contemporary food shopping in Germany, focusing particularly on notions of consumer trust. A practice-based and ethnographically informed account of food shopping in Germany shows how distinctions between ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ forms of consumption involve historicised accounts of contemporary consumption spaces and their associated socialities rather than referring to historical differences per se.

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Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2009, Pion. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. Everts.J & Jackson.P(2009). The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space , 27 (5). pp. 917-935, 2009, doi.org/10.1068/d11908.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Geography (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Prof Peter Jackson
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2012 12:19
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2014 22:58
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/d11908
Status: Published
Publisher: Pion
Identification Number: 10.1068/d11908
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/74374

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