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social significance of dining out, TheA study of continuity and change$
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Alan Warde, Jessica Paddock, and Jennifer Whillans

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526134752

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526134769

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Organising eating

Organising eating

(p.138) 8 Organising eating
social significance of dining out, The

Alan Warde

Jessica Paddock

Jennifer Whillans

Manchester University Press

Eating out occurs under the auspices of three different modes of delivery: the domestic, the communal and the commercial. This chapter compares and contrasts the behaviours in those modes and examines how people put the available options together in order to coordinate many different events. It includes evidence about the use of convenience foods and takeaways and considerations of saving time, as well as eating in restaurants. Through events separately and in their overall combination, people seek to meet functional, social and moral objectives and obligations. From the point of view of individuals, this might be conceptualised as requiring a complex imaginary equation which computes costs of money, time, quality and personal reputation. Considerable variation between households is apparent. Detailed vignettes of interviewees show how each finds different solutions to the problem of permutating varied types of events to construct the platform for their eating arrangements.

Keywords:   arrangements for feeding, convenience, eating, household organisation, modes of provision

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