Dr Jennifer Smith Maguire

Senior Lecturer in Cultural Production and Consumption

Contact DetailsSMITH_Jennifer

  • Tel: (0116) 294 4691
  • Office: FJB 020
  • Office hours: by appointment

Biography

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 of Management in 2013, she was a lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication.

Research Interests

Jennifer’s 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.
She is co-director of the Cultural Production and Consumption Research Group, and an elected council member of the American Sociology Association Consumer and Consumption Section.

PhD Supervision

Current students: Jennifer Cole (the cultural production and consumption of thrift in food magazines (full time)); Hyewon Choo (the cultural production and consumption of the fit body in South Korea (full time)); Qicong Zhang (provenance and the Chinese cultural production and consumption of luxury goods(full time)).

Teaching

2014/15:
MN 7372 Cultural Intermediaries and Marketing as Practice (MSc Marketing)

MN3130 Cultural Producers of Taste (BA Management Studies)

MN 2118 Global Brands: Theory and Practice (BA Management Studies)

Selected Publications

Smith Maguire, J. 2014. Terroir today: The taste for the particular and the making of good taste. Discover Society. Issue 14.

Smith Maguire, J. & J. Matthews (Eds). 2014. The Cultural Intermediaries Reader. London: Sage.

Smith Maguire, J. Bourdieu on Cultural Intermediaries. In: The Cultural Intermediaries Reader, pp. 15-24. London: Sage.

Smith Maguire, J. & M. Lim. 2014. Lafite in China: Media Representations of Wine Culture in New Markets. Journal of Macromarketing. OnlineFirst.

Smith Maguire, J. 2013. Provenance as a Filtering and Framing Device in the Qualification of Wine. Consumption, Markets and Culture. 16(4): 368-91.

Smith Maguire, J. & D. Hu. 2013. Not a Simple Coffee Shop: Local, Global and Glocal Dimensions of the Consumption of Starbucks in China. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. 19(5): 670-84.

Smith Maguire, J. P. Strickland & W. Frost. 2013. Familiness as a Form of Value for Wineries: A Preliminary Account. Journal of Wine Research. 24(2): 112-127.

Strickland, P., J. Smith Maguire & W. Frost. 2013. Using Family Heritage to Market Wines: A Case Study of Three New World‘ Wineries in Victoria, Australia. International Journal of Wine Business Research. 25(2): 125-37.

Smith Maguire, J. & J. Matthews. 2012. Are We All Cultural Intermediaries Now? An Introduction to Cultural Intermediaries in Context. European Journal of Cultural Studies. 15(5): 551-62.

Smith Maguire, J. and J. Matthews. 2010. Cultural Intermediaries and the Media. Sociology Compass. 4(7): 405–416.

Smith Maguire, J. 2010. Provenance and the Liminality of Production and Consumption: The Case of Wine Promoters. Marketing Theory. 10(3): 269-82.

Smith Maguire, J. 2008. Fit for Consumption: Sociology and the Business of Fitness. London: Routledge.

Smith Maguire, J. 2008. The Personal is Professional: Personal Trainers as a Case Study of Cultural Intermediaries. International Journal of Cultural Studies. 11(2): 203-221.

Smith Maguire, J. 2008. Leisure and the Obligation of Self-Work: An Examination of the Fitness Field. Leisure Studies. 27(1): 59-75.

Smith Maguire, J. & K. Stanway. 2008. Looking Good: Consumption and the Problems of Self-Production. European Journal of Cultural Studies. 11(1): 63-81.

Zukin, S. & J. Smith Maguire. 2004. Consumers and Consumption. Annual Review of Sociology, 30: 173-97.

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