Cultural Production and Consumption
The CP&C Research Group is concerned with the cultural economy of value. In the context of consumer economies increasingly driven by creative work, cultural goods and the immaterial, CP&C research examines how cultural values are accomplished through fields and practices of production and consumption—how they are produced and consumed, negotiated and contested, accomplished and promoted. The group is co-directed by Jennifer Smith Maguire and Natasha Whiteman. Check out our events.
CP&C research is multi-disciplinary and embraces a variety of methodologies. Its principal research streams examine:
- the cultural economy of value (e.g. authenticity, thrift, Britishness)
- studying production and consumption 'in the round'
- media and consumption spaces (e.g. lifestyle media; advertising; brands)
- cultural producers and cultural intermediaries
- consumers and consumer issues
- cultural policy and regulation.
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Cultural Production & Consumption Research Talks
Next date: Wednesday 27 November 2013
Ben Coles will be speaking on the topic of 'Securing Food from Anxiety: Space and the Practices of Care.'
Location: Bankfield House lecture room (room 0.02, 132 New Walk, Leicester, LE17JA)
Check out our past talks.
Cultural Production & Consumption Annual Research Events
'What does 'local food' mean?' (Autumn/Winter 2012/13)
Building on last year's 'Thinking with Food' event, we put our ideas to work! The CP&C Research Event for 2012/13 was 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. A findings report is now freely available, and will be 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.
Special issue of the European Journal of Cultural Studies on Cultural Intermediaries, 15 (5), October 2012, edited by Jennifer Smith Maguire & Julian Matthews.
Research projects currently running:
- What does 'local food' mean? Comparing how 'local food' is represented in the marketplace and how it's understood and practiced by people in their everyday lives: see CP&C Events below.
- 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).