Cultural Production and Consumption
The CP&C Research Group brings together scholars 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.
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Cultural Production & Consumption Events
Local Food Matters: College of Social Science Research Lunch
Friday March 21 2014, 12.30-14.30 (Belvoir Park Lounge, CWB)
CP&C is hosting a research lunch on Friday 21st March. The purpose of the event is to bring together those from across the College, and beyond, with an interest in socio-cultural research on food and the question of the meaning and significance of ‘local food.’ The research lunch will be an opportunity to report on the findings from the ‘What does local food mean to you?’ project, and thereby initiate an exploration of potential interdisciplinary and impact-oriented research collaborations within the University on food systems, perceptions of locality, and the symbolic nature of food.
To attend, please book via https://www2.le.ac.uk/colleges/socsci/research-lunches/book-to-attend-a-research-lunch/fg_base_view_p3
Informal research talks that focus on members' current research projects. Feel free to come along—bring your lunch!
Next date: TBC
Location: Bankfield House lecture room (room 0.02, 132 New Walk, Leicester, LE17JA)
Check out our past talks.
Recent Cultural Production & Consumption Research
'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.
- The Cultural Intermediaries Reader, edited by Jennifer Smith Maguire & Julian Matthews, will be published by Sage in 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 our past projects.
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.
Interested in getting involved as a member or associate member?
Please get in touch with Jennifer Smith Maguire (email@example.com).