Fluidity of places in everyday food consumption: Introducing Snackscapes

Henna Mirjami Syrjälä, Harri Luomala, Minna Maarit Autio

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Snack consumption encompasses the repetitive habits of consumers in various everyday life spaces. Despite the pervasiveness of snack consumption worldwide, the phenomenon of snacking has not been given extensive attention, unlike other areas of food consumption research. Yet, snacking shows certain distinctive features, such as fluidity of places. This study leans on foodscape literature and introduces the concept of snackscape, which enables us to showcase the multiplicity of places in snacking culture. While prior foodscape studies are located in certain tangible places, such as urban surroundings, festival sites or particular geographical areas, snackscapes demonstrate how snacks may be consumed, for instance, on the move from one place to another, or in a variety of places that are not part of one's ordinary routines, such as on a picnic or a holiday trip to a foreign country. The findings show how places of habitual snack consumption vary from time to time – or are even on the move. This is a powerful demonstration of how a routine-like consumption practice takes place in everyday life. This study also highlights important consumer policy issues, especially in regard to young consumers and their snacking habits. Thereby, the study brings forward the agentic capacity of snackscapes having implications on engaging in healthier snack consumption.
TidskriftInternational Journal of Consumer Studies
Sidor (från-till)761–768
Antal sidor8
StatusPublicerad - 2017
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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