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 Projects and Events:

Critical Management Studies Conference: 8-10 July

CP&C research will be presented at the 9th International Conference in Critical Management Studies ‘Is there an alternative? Management after critique’, University of Leicester: 8-10 July, 2015. Streams of note include: Food and Drink Markets: The Production and Consumption of Alternative Market Practices and Narratives; and Organization & Collaborative Practices in the Arts.

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). An analysis of findings will be presented at the CMS 2015 conference in July. Research team: Jessica Bain; Andrea Davies; Jennifer Smith Maguire; Maria Touri; Natasha Whiteman.

Sustainable Production and Consumption in Food and Fashion: Management and Social Science as Agents of Innovation. (September 24, 2015)

This one-day workshop is organized by Jennifer Smith Maguire and Maria Touri, and is made possible through funding from the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies and the University of Leicester's School of Management and Department of Media and Communication.

Sustainability presupposes a balance between peoples’ present and future needs, and environmental and social capacity to meet those needs, and this sits in awkward tension with the global capitalist regimes of production and consumption. Food and fashion are critical examples of this tension. Despite high-profile campaigns around sustainable, ethical and organic consumer goods, it is still the case that 1.2 million tonnes of clothing and textile waste, and 18 million tonnes of food waste end up in UK landfills each year. Sustainability requires innovative changes in the ways producers and consumers think about and act on needs and desires. For this reason, the workshop’s overarching aim is to foster participatory communication: a critical, collaborative and multi-perspectival approach to understanding and changing dominant meanings and practices around sustainability in the food and fashion markets. Invited participants include academics (including Ian Cook, Steffen Böhm, Mike Goodman and Kate Fletcher) and practitioners whose work focuses on the food and/or fashion industries. A report on the event will be available via the CP&C webpage following the event.

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Interested in getting involved?

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Interested in doing a PhD?

Members of the research group are interested in supervising research that considers issues of cultural production and consumption. Please follow the links to individual members' web pages for an indication of areas of interest.

PhD Studentship: fully-funded studentship for September 2015 for PhD programme, Department of Media and Communication, supervised by Dr Jessica Bain and Dr Kaitlynn Mendes. Applications are invited in the broad area of Media Representations of Feminine Domestic Labour. We welcome research proposals from suitably qualified applicants interested in the recent resurgence of traditionalist discourses of gender and labour in mainstream media. This may reflect nostalgia for an imagined past, as well contributing to debates about feminism and ‘choice’ during the current period of austerity.

Application Close Date: 17 April 2015. Details here.

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