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This book explores the new applications of established theories or adapts theoretical approaches in order to illuminate behaviour in the field of food. It focuses on social processes at the downstream end of the food chain, processes of distribution and consumption. The book reviews the existing disciplinary approaches to understanding judgements about food taste. It suggests that the quality 'halal' is the result of a social and economic consensus between the different generations and cultures of migrant Muslims as distinct from the non-Muslim majority. Food quality is to be viewed in terms of emergent cognitive paradigms sustained within food product networks that encompass a wide range of social actors with a wide variety of intermediaries, professional and governmental. The creation of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) occurred at a juncture when perceptions of policy failure were acknowledged at United Kingdom and European Union governmental levels. The book presents a case study of retailer-led food governance in the UK to examine how different 'quality logics' actually collide in the competitive world of food consumption and production. It argues that concerns around food safety were provoked by the emergence of a new food aesthetic based on 'relationalism' and 'embeddedness'. The book also argues that the study of the arguments and discourses deployed to criticise or otherwise qualify consumption is important to the political morality of consumption.

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The politics of immigration controversies

In July 2013, the UK government arranged for a van to drive through parts of London carrying the message ‘In the UK illegally? GO HOME or face arrest.’ The vans were short-lived, but they were part of an ongoing trend in government-sponsored communication designed to demonstrate control and toughness around immigration. This book explores the effects of such performances of toughness: on policy, on public debate, on pro-migrant and anti-racist activism, and on the everyday lives of people in Britain. This book both presents research findings, and provides insights into the practice of conducting research on such a charged and sensitive topic.

Blending original research, theoretical analysis, and methodological reflections, the book addresses questions such as:

  • Who gets to decide who ‘belongs’?
  • How do anti-migrant sentiments relate to changing forms of racism?
  • Are new divisions, and new solidarities, emerging in the light of current immigration politics?


Written in a clear and engaging style, the book sets an agenda for a model of collaborative research between researchers, activists, and people on the ground.

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written between February and May 2002 during a semester’s study leave and my thanks go to the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham, for that opportunity.

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defines civilisations? What creates them? Is it their materiality, their art or their religious ethics? Are they old and evolutionary, or constituted anew in modernity? How have moderns judged them, or rather discursively cast them? What ideological uses are made of the idea of civilisation and how should they be disentangled from archaeological, anthropological, sociological and historical investigation and methodology? Each question is a debating point. Images of the character of civilisation and civilisations underpin the diversity of explanations. Are they entities

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:11 pm Introduction Page 5 5 preferences is just a particular case of the more general question ‘How do people come to select what to consume?’ Answering that question has, however, proved notoriously difficult. The approaches of such disciplines as psychology, economics and sociology have traditionally been very different (see Miller 1995). And the more the consumer becomes a focus of political discourse, the greater the apparent confusion. Arguably western Europe has seen recently a blurring of the boundaries between politics and shopping. The distinction between

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stimulated a culture of environmental activism in the area and are lauded for this (Casey 2000: 264–7). References Barry, John and Peter Doran 2009 ‘Environmental Movements in Ireland: North and South’, in J. McDonagh, T. Varley, and S. Shortall (eds) A Living Countryside? The Politics of Sustainable Development in Rural Ireland (Farnham: Ashgate), 321–40. Casey, Ruth 2000 ‘Virtual locality’, in E. Slater and M. Peillon (eds) Memories of the Present. A Sociological Chronology of Ireland 1997–8 (Dublin: Institute of Public Administration), 259–71. Collinson, Paul 1999

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. When it comes to the specific field of contemporary civilisational analysis, Arnason, Robert Bellah and Eisenstadt have produced in-​depth monographs and numerous essays on Japanese civilisation (Arnason, 1997a, 2002; Bellah, 2003; Eisenstadt, 1996, 2002a). A  few others could be mentioned as interlocutors between Japanese Studies as a field and civilisational analysis: Praesenjit Duara (as we shall see), Roland Robertson,Yoshio Sugimoto and Tadao Umesao. This chapter begins with a brief assessment of the results of the three historical sociologies crafted in the

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), Blurring Boundaries: when are information and communication technologies coming home? COST 248 report, Farsta, Telia. Haddon, L., ed. (1997), Communications on the Move: the experience of mobile telephony in the 1990s, COST 248 report, Farsta, Telia. Haddon, L., and Paul, G. (1999), ‘Design in the ICT Industry: the role of users’, paper for the fifth ASEAT conference, ‘Demand, Markets, Users and Innovation: sociological and economic approaches’, 14–16 September, Manchester, UMIST. Hoogma, R., and Schot, J. (1999), ‘How Innovative are Users? A critique of learningby

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Demand-side abundance and its discontents in Hungary during the long 1960s

’s counterrevolutionary regime (1957–1964). I then Consumer and consumerism under state socialism 21 discuss the reception of demand-side abundance through the critical sociology of András Hegedüs and Mária Márkus. Consumers for export? Ludas Matyi was a satirical weekly published throughout the postwar and Cold War eras (1945–1992). In the years after 1956, it was edited and published in offices neighboring those of the Communist Party daily, Népszabadság. Similar to its ‘sibling’ magazines in the other state-socialist countries (such as the Soviet Krokodil, the Czechoslovak

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3 There’s more to the economics of consumption than (almost) unconstrained utility maximisation G. M. Peter Swann This chapter was written in response to the presentation given at the CRIC workshop by Warde (Chapter 2 in this book). In summarising, Warde said that the main message of his paper was, perhaps, that there is more to the sociology of consumption than Thorstein Veblen. This is an important message, and relevant for two groups. First, to his fellow sociologists, that they should not be preoccupied with the exceptional and conspicuous forms of

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