We Fast and Feast Together: the Devotional Household At Dinner Time

This paper seeks to understand the ways in which both individual family members and the family as a collective unit materialise their devotional love for their households at dinner time. It looks at the everyday family practices surrounding dinner consumption in 20 British middle class families. Findings show that all family members materialise their devotional love in sharing thrifty as well as rich meals. Thus instead of talking about a devotional mother who sacrifices herself, we can talk about a devotional household which sacrifices itself in ordinary meals in order to celebrate itself during extraordinary meals.


Benedetta Cappellini and Elizabeth Parsons (2011) ,"We Fast and Feast Together: the Devotional Household At Dinner Time", in E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 9, eds. Alan Bradshaw, Chris Hackley, and Pauline Maclaran, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 60-61.


Benedetta Cappellini, Worcester University, UK
Elizabeth Parsons, Keele University, UK


E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 9 | 2011

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