Eating out and the commercialisation of mental life

Alan Warde (Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK)
Lydia Martens (Lecturer, Department of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Publication date: 1 April 1998


This paper reflects on a sociological study of eating out in the UK. After a brief résumé of the study and its main empirical findings it addresses questions about the relationship between social scientific and other forms of practical knowledge about consumption. In the context of a process referred to as the commercialisation of mental life, the paper isolates a number of features which distinguish sociological from market research approaches to the topic. It is argued that too determined a practical focus to the study of consumer behaviour is likely to compromise understanding.



Warde, A. and Martens, L. (1998), "Eating out and the commercialisation of mental life", British Food Journal, Vol. 100 No. 3, pp. 147-153.

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