- David Scott, Associate Senior Lecturer
This presentation seeks to explore the role of food in contemporary society. Through consideration of the changing nature of the consumption and production of food within leisure and tourism, I will in this seminar suggest that food can be seen as a metaphor for Bauman's (2000) liquid modernity. The conceptual focus for the seminar considers the intersections of food, tourism and leisure and our place-in-the-world in late modernity. Food and eating are spaces in which the individual is confronted with dialectic tensions in (a neo-liberal) contemporary consumer 'society'. Food allows the reflexive individual to find ways in which to mediate identity through consumptive practices and performances. The aim of this presentation is to provoke (critical) conversations. It concludes by envisaging a space-between where the role food plays in our leisured, touristic lives is neither solid nor liquid modernity but simultaneously both.