Dr Jennifer Smith Maguire

Associate Professor in Cultural Production and Consumption

Contact DetailsSMITH_Jennifer

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 294 4691
  • Office: Room 020, Fielding Johnson Building
  • Office hours: By appointment

Personal details


Jennifer has a BA of Arts and Science and an MA in Sociology from McMaster University (Canada), and a PhD in Sociology from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Jennifer joined the University of Leicester in 2003; prior to becoming a member of the School in 2013, she was a lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication, and prior to that in the Department of Sociology.

Administrative responsibilities

Deputy Dean


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Office hours: By appointment



Selected publications

(Open Access versions of articles are available in the Leicester Research Archive; ORCID id 0000-0002-8990-2371)


My research focuses on the intersection of processes of cultural production and consumption in the construction of markets, tastes and value. Major areas of interest include:

  • cultural intermediaries as taste makers and key market actors in the cultural economy of goods and the study of consumption as a cultural field;
  • the production and consumption of provenance as a form of value in the cultural fields of super-premium wine, craft beer and local food;
  • the construction of new regimes of good taste in contemporary urban China;
  • the commercial fitness field, and the construction of the value of the fit body.
I am the leader of the Cultural Production and Consumption research strand of CAMEo: the Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies; co-leader of the 'Craft and the Artisanal' research cluster of the Drinking Studies Network; and Chair-Elect (2017-18) of the American Sociology Association Consumer and Consumption Section.


Current PhD studentsQicong Zhang (provenance and the Chinese cultural production and consumption of luxury goods; PhD, full time)); Héla Hassen (gift exchange and digital food media; PhD full time); David Cockayne (the practices and performativity of football marketers).

Recent completions: Thomas Rowell (the pub experience: mapping the intangibles of the Everards service brand (funded MPhil, full time)); Fawn Harrad (the watering hole: the social ecology of consumption in Everards’ public houses (funded MPhil, full time)); Helen Goworek (product development and sustainable consumption in the clothing market); Jennifer Cole (the cultural production and consumption of thrift in food magazines (PhD); Hyewon Choo (the cultural production and consumption of the fit body in South Korea (PhD).


RMS Research: Interview of Jennifer Smith (YouTube)

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