Consuming Family Dinner Time

Our study examines whether and how family dinners are embedded in the centrifugal and centripetal dynamics of everyday family life, the diversity of meanings they have for families and the intentions and practices surrounding their enactment. Our ongoing project is comprised of participant observation and depth interviews with a diverse group of North American families. We uncover whether and why families attach importance to this particular use of scarce family time and whether and how family dinner practices coalesce with families’ ideological representations of their social value. In this way we provide a more nuanced conception of the relationships between the enactment of family, time and mundane consumption in daily life.


Kelli Gutierrez, Linda Price, and Eric Arnould (2008) ,"Consuming Family Dinner Time", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 35, eds. Angela Y. Lee and Dilip Soman, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 189-193.


Kelli Gutierrez, University of Arizona
Linda Price, University of Arizona
Eric Arnould, University of Arizona


NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 35 | 2008

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