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


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 construction of markets, qualification of goods and formation of value. Her interest in processes of cultural production and consumption has led to examinations of such topics as:

  • cultural intermediaries as market actors in the cultural economy of goods, and the study of consumption as a cultural field;
  • provenance and authenticity as forms of value and frames of cultural legitimacy in the super-premium wine and champagne markets;
  • the cultural field of commercial fitness and the formation of the fit body as a cultural value.

In addition, she is the co-director of the Cultural Production and Consumption Research Group.

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).


MN 7285 Branding and Communications (MSc Marketing)
MN 2118 Global Brands: Theory and Practice (BA Management Studies)

Selected Publications

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

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

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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