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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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Regard for variety

Regard for variety

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social significance of dining out, The

Alan Warde

Jessica Paddock

Jennifer Whillans

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the pursuit of variety. It is widely agreed that in cultural matters broad experience is a worthwhile and commendable objective, and that there is some honour, as well as personal satisfaction and pleasure, in avoiding mere repetition and conservative observance of local tradition. This chapter examines further how people value and develop new tastes. This underpins a trend towards diversification. Divergence in experience and its uneven distribution in the population counteracts tendencies towards familiarisation and normalisation. Differences within the population are illustrated by close examination of the orientations of interviewees towards variety when eating out, paying special attention to how people incorporate foreign styles of cuisine into their personal repertoires. The chapter employs survey and in-depth interview data.

Keywords:   diversification, social differentiation, variety

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