Emerging logics of digital eating: choice, care, or careful choice?

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Abstract

In this conceptual paper, we interrogate logics that underlie emerging practices of digital eating. Digitalisation is increasingly affecting how food is produced, prepared, distributed and consumed. Operating through large networks of people, foodstuffs, software and digital devices, digital eating practices are laden with multiple, sometimes-conflicting values. From speed to sustainability, taste to transparency, individual convenience to sharing and sociality, the values carried and performed by digital eating are underpinned by logics that speak to wider processes and networks of digitalisation. To unpack these logics, we explore how food is ontologically respecified in the entanglements of diverse human and non-human actors, including digital technologies, platforms and devices. Drawing on Mol (2008), we divide these entanglements into two broad groups: one informed by logics of choice and another informed by logics of care. Using case studies from our research on digital food activism, we investigate how these logics operate in digital eating practices, and propose a third category in which the two logics overlap to create a logic of careful choice. We conclude by exploring the implications that a logic of careful choice might have for the constitution of publics, issues and expertise in/through practices of digital eating.

Authors Eli, Karin; Brice, Jeremy & Schneider, Tanja
Language English
Subjects social sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Date 20 August 2020
Event Title EASST/4S Conference: Locating and Timing Matters: Significance and Agency of STS in Emerging Worlds
Event Location Online conference
Event Dates 18-21 August 2020
Official URL https://www.easst4s2020prague.org
Depositing User Prof. Ph.D Tanja Schneider
Date Deposited 02 Oct 2020 15:56
Last Modified 02 Oct 2020 15:56
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/261120

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Eli, Karin; Brice, Jeremy & Schneider, Tanja: Emerging logics of digital eating: choice, care, or careful choice? 2020. - EASST/4S Conference: Locating and Timing Matters: Significance and Agency of STS in Emerging Worlds. - Online conference.

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