1st Edition

Space, Taste and Affect Atmospheres That Shape the Way We Eat

Edited By Emily Falconer Copyright 2021
    196 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    196 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is an exploration of how time, space and social atmospheres contribute to the experience of taste. It demonstrates complex combinations of material, sensual and symbolic atmospheres and social encounters that shape this experience.

    Space, Taste and Affect brings together case studies from the fields of sociology, geography, history, psycho-social studies and anthropology to examine debates around how urban designers, architects and market producers manipulate the experience of taste through creating certain atmospheres. The book also explores how the experience of taste varies throughout life, or even during fleeting social encounters, challenging the sense of taste as static. This book moves beyond common narratives that taste is ‘acquired’ or developed, to emphasize the role of psycho-social histories of nostalgia, memories of childhood, migration, trauma and displacement in the experience of we eat and drink. It focuses on entrenched social dimensions of class, value and distinction instead of psychological and neuroscientific conceptualizations of taste and sensuous practices of consumption to be intrinsically linked to the experience of taste in complex ways.

    This book will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students of sociology, human geography, tourism and leisure studies, anthropology, psychology, arts and literature, architecture and urban design.

    Space, Taste and Affect: An Introduction
    Emily Falconer

    Part 1: Distinctive Tastes: Space, Consumption and (Dis)taste

    1. Beer Consumption, Embodied Distaste and Anti-Corporate Consumer Identities
    Thomas Thurnell-Read

    2. A Sticky Situation? Fatty Distaste and the Embodied Performance of Class
    Louise MacAllister and Suzanne Hocknell

    3. Performing Taste: The Sommelier Ceremony
    Giolo Fele and Pier Paolo Giglioli

    Part 2: Moving Tastes, Mobility, Displacement and Belonging

    4. Food, Taste, and Memory in Australian Migrant Hostels
    Rachel A. Ankeny and Karen Agutter

    5. Eating Stobi Flips, Drinking Gazoza, Remembering Macedonia
    Katerina Nussdorfer

    6. "A Tealess, Beerless, Beefless Land": Sensing and Tasting Spain in Late 18th- and 19th-Century British Travelogues
    Beth M. Forrest

    Part 3: Taste, Affect and the Lifecourse

    7. Tastes of Reflection, Food Memories and the Temporal Affects of Sedimented Personal Histories on Everyday Foodways
    Julie Parsons

    8. Our Daily Bread and Onions: Negotiating Tastes in Family Mealtime Interaction
    Sally Wiggins and Eric Laurier

    Part 4: Atmospheric Tastes: Affect, Design and Creative Space

    9. Curating Pop-up Street Food Markets in London
    Paz Concha

    10. Tales From the Cheese Counter: Taskscape and Taste at Neal’s Yard Dairy
    Mukta Das and Celia Plender

    11. Blackout: Blurring the Boundaries Between Senses
    Nina J Morris, Vania Ling, Ericka Duffy


    Emily Falconer is a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Westminster. Her research focuses on the politics of affect, emotion and embodied encounters in everyday life. Emily has featured on BBC Radio 4: Thinking Allowed(October 2013) to discuss the transformations of food tourism.