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The Trouble with Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure

The Trouble with Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure (Paperback)

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What do your Eggs Benedict say about your notions of class?Every weekend, in cities around the world, bleary-eyed diners wait in line to be served overpriced, increasingly outre food by hungover waitstaff. For some, the ritual we call brunch is a beloved pastime; for others, a bedeviling waste of time. But what does its popularity say about shifting attitudes towards social status and leisure? In some ways, brunch and other forms of conspicuous consumption have blinded us to ever-more-precarious employment conditions. For award-winning writer and urbanist Shawn Micallef, brunch is a way to look more closely at the nature of work itself and a catalyst for solidarity among the so-called creative class.Drawing on theories from Thorstein Veblen to Richard Florida, Micallef traces his own journey from the rust belt to a cosmopolitan city where the evolving middle class he joined was oblivious to its own instability and insularity.The Trouble with Brunch is a provocative analysis of foodie obsession and status anxiety, but it's also a call to reset our class consciousness. The real trouble with brunch isn't so much bad service and outsized portions of bacon, it's that brunch could be so much more.

Food & DrinkCookery dishes & coursesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesPopular culturePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsSocial classes Publisher: Coach House Books Publication Date: 27/02/2014 ISBN-13: 9781552452851  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Shawn Micallef: Shawn Micallef is the author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto and the co-editor of Spacing magazine. He teaches at the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design and was a 2011Â 12 Journalism Fellow at Massey College. He writes about cities, culture, architecture, art, and politics.

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