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Meal for Two: A Typology of Co-performed Practices

Khanijou, R. and Cappellini, B. and Hosany, S. (2021) 'Meal for Two: A Typology of Co-performed Practices.', Journal of business research., 134 . pp. 675-688.


Drawing on practice theory, this ethnographic study investigates how meal practices are co-performed by 13 newly cohabiting couples. Findings reveal how practices previously performed by individual consumers become co-performed through a synergetic and chronologically multi-phased process. Disruption, the first phase, is characterised by misalignments of individually performed practices and their elements. The second phase, incorporation, is characterised by initial collective re-alignments of practices and their elements. The third phase, synergetic outcomes, shows three different ways in which alignments can shape a co-performed practice, namely blending, combining and domineering. Theoretically this paper offers two contributions to practice theory and domestic meal consumption. It reveals the synergetic process through which meal practices become co-performed over time and provides a typology of co-performed practices.

Item Type:Article
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 27 November 2022.
(AM) Accepted Manuscript
Available under License - Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives 4.0.
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Publisher statement:© 2021 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Date accepted:27 May 2021
Date deposited:01 June 2021
Date of first online publication:2021
Date first made open access:27 November 2022

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