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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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Aesthetics, enthusiasm and culinary omnivorousness

Aesthetics, enthusiasm and culinary omnivorousness

(p.178) 10 Aesthetics, enthusiasm and culinary omnivorousness
social significance of dining out, The

Alan Warde

Jessica Paddock

Jennifer Whillans

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the role of dining out in expressions of taste in contemporary society, with special reference to the cultural omnivore thesis. People in higher social classes are more likely to appreciate a wide variety of cultural forms and practices. It is shown that diversity and variety, while of universal appeal, are envisaged in different ways by different people. Some people have a broad repertoire and wide experience, and they are likely to be of high socio-economic status. Wide experience in itself does not necessarily signify or entail exceptional interest in food or dining out, although it will always provide resources for talk, reflection and judgement. For many culinary omnivores, food is an object of considerable enthusiasm. Enthusiasm does not necessarily coincide with a search for distinction but in practice it often does. The omnivore thesis is explored using different operational measures of social class.

Keywords:   aesthetics, class, culinary omnivorousness, cultural omnivorousness, enthusiasm, foreign cuisine, foodyism, taste, variety

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