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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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The practice of eating out

The practice of eating out

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social significance of dining out, The

Alan Warde

Jessica Paddock

Jennifer Whillans

Manchester University Press

This chapter deploys theories of practice to frame an account of dining out in 2015. A synoptic account of the practice of dining out is presented. The rationale of the practice is discussed and three core guiding principles widely shared across the population are identified – variety, comfort and concern. The implementation of the principles is not uniform as events can be arranged in many different ways to satisfy these requirements and must be tailored to particular occasions, companions and venues. When people translate these principles into specific events conviviality is emphasised dining out is fundamentally a social and sociable event. Arrangements are tinged by contrasting orientations towards ‘Art’ and ‘Ease’. We emphasise the use of variety in the style and type of restaurant in marking distinction and social status. Despite a shared dominant understanding and persistent basic orientations, performances vary a great deal, raising the question of whether there is a specifically British way of dining out. Discussion hints at how theories of practice differ from other approaches to explaining change and continuity.

Keywords:   orientations, participation, performances, practice, theories of practice, taste differentiation

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