Cultural Production and Consumption

About Us:

The CP&C Research Group brings together scholars from a range of disciplines who are interested in processes of cultural production and consumption: how cultural goods, practices and values are constructed, negotiated, contested and promoted by institutions, groups and individuals. With an interest in studying production and consumption 'in the round,' CP&C research is multi-disciplinary and embraces a variety of methodologies. Central concerns include:

  • cultural producers and cultural intermediaries (e.g. in the fields of food and wine)
  • consumer media and spaces (e.g. lifestyle media; advertising; brands)
  • the production and consumption of value and cultural forms (e.g. authenticity; localness; new and obsolete media)
  • consumers and consumer issues
  • cultural policy and regulation.

The group is co-directed by Jennifer Smith Maguire and Natasha Whiteman.

CP&C Project and Events:

Recent Cultural Production & Consumption Group Projects

Innovation through storytelling: Brewery SMEs and the production of added value through stories (2014/15)

The small-scale, microbrewery/craft beer/real ale market has been steadily gaining prominence in recent years. A group of us are investigating how that market is being constructed by the breweries: how small-scale, independent brewers craft a distinctive identity—for their company and beer—and understand their place in the beer market. We use the concept of ‘stories’ as a way to frame the research: what stories are told within the brewery, between breweries, to customers, and between customers, and what role do those stories play in the making of a market. The research is funded by the ‘Innovation Partnership’ scheme (part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and by the University of Leicester).

'What does 'local food' mean to you?' (2012/13)

Building on the 2011/12 group event, 'Thinking with Food', we put our ideas to work! In 2012/13, CP&C carried out a collaborative research project on what local food means: how is local food represented in the marketplace?; what does local food mean to people in their everyday lives? Data collection focused on two local food sites: The Leicester Winter Food Festival and the Leicester Farmers Market. The report of findings was circulated to local groups and organizations involved with local food initiatives, as part of Greener Leicester and the Leicester City Council's Climate Change Programme of Action. See the report here.

Check out our past events.

Cultural Production & Consumption Events

Call for Papers:

Food and Drink Markets: The Production and Consumption of Alternative Market Practices and Narratives

Conference stream of the 9th International Conference in Critical Management Studies ‘Is there an alternative? Management after critique’, University of Leicester: 8-10 July, 2015. Abstract deadline: 31 January, 2015. Read the call for papers.

Research Talks:

Dr Eleonora Belfiore, University of Warwick, will speak about her research on cultural value (joint seminar, School of Management and Department of Media & Communication). Respondent Jack Newsinger.

Date 6 May, 2015. Further details including time and location TBC.

Check out our past talks.

Recent CP&C Publications:

  • The Cultural Intermediaries Reader, edited by Jennifer Smith Maguire & Julian Matthews and published by Sage (2014).
  • Special issue of the European Journal of Cultural Studies on Cultural Intermediaries, 15 (5), October 2012, edited by Jennifer Smith Maguire & Julian Matthews.
  • packaging of landscapes in cultural artefacts (family photographs, tourism, television drama etc...) [Claydon]
  • food and the media: production, representation, consumption [Dickinson]
  • cultural policy and the creative industries [Newsinger]
  • cultural subsidy and the cuts [Newsinger]
  • wine cultural intermediaries and the construction of provenance [Smith Maguire]
  • territorial brands: the case of champagne [Smith Maguire]
  • ethics of media consumption [Whiteman]
  • lifestyle media and the production and consumption of the value of thrift: a case study of food magazines [Cole]
  • the cultural production and consumption of the fit body in Korea [Choo]

Check out other past projects.

Contributing Members:

Group directors: Jennifer Smith Maguire and Natasha Whiteman

Jessica BainAnna ClaydonBen ColesScott DavidsonAndrea DaviesRoger DickinsonQian Sarah GongHelen GoworekBarrie GunterPeter LuntJack NewsingerMaria Touri

Jennifer Cole (PhD Student; Graduate Research Assistant), Hyewon Choo (PhD Student)

Interested in getting involved?

If you're interested in getting involved as a member, please get in touch with Jennifer Smith Maguire (

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Interested in doing a PhD?

Members of the research group would be interested in supervising research that considers issues of cultural production and consumption. Please follow the links above to individual members' web pages for a list of potential topics.

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