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Cold chains in Hanoi and Bangkok: changing systems of provision and practice

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/08/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Consumer Culture
Issue number3
Volume19
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)379-397
Publication statusPublished
Early online date12/07/17
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We know that patterns of domestic consumption are situated within broader systems of provision and that home appliances like the fridge freezer bridge between practices of cooking, shopping and eating, on the one hand, and increasingly global systems of food production, distribution and diet on the other. In analysing uses of fridge freezers in Hanoi and Bangkok as expressions, in microcosm, of complex and evolving processes of urbanisation and food provisioning this paper provides new insight into how specific configurations, dependencies and patterns of consumption take hold and how they vary and change. Our analysis of systems and practices in flux has the dual function of showing how household strategies reflect and contribute to more extensive transformations, and of demonstrating how these are shaped by ongoing tensions and relations between new and established forms of urban food supply and associated concepts of freshness and safety. The result is a subtle account of the multiple routes through which consumer ‘needs’ evolve.

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Journal of Consumer Culture, 19 (3), 2019, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2019 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Journal of Consumer Culture page: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/JOC on SAGE Journals Online: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/