We are very proud to announce that Jonas House, lecturer and researcher at the Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles group, is awarded for the SAGE Prize for Innovation and Excellence. Six researchers have been nominated and Jonas qualified with his research article on "Modes of Eating and Phased Routinisation: Insect-Based Food Practices in the Netherlands", published in Sociology.
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Sociological research on sustainable consumption has seen widespread application of theories of practice (‘practice theories’) as a means of transcending the limitations of epistemologically individualistic ‘behaviour change’ approaches. While in many ways the central insights of practice theories vis-a-vis consumption are now well established, this article argues that the approach holds further insights for sociological analysis of food consumption in general, and of novel foods in particular. Based on empirical research with consumers of a range of insect-based convenience foods in the Netherlands, this article introduces two practice-theoretic concepts – ‘modes of eating’ and ‘phased routinisation’ – which contribute to sociological theorisations of how food practices are established, maintained, interdepend and change. Beyond its theoretical contribution, the article substantively extends research literatures on the introduction, uptake and normalisation of insect-based and other novel foods.
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