Spaces of hope, enlivenment and entanglement : explorations in the spatial logic of celebrity culinary brands

Hewer, Paul and Brownlie, Douglas (2013) Spaces of hope, enlivenment and entanglement : explorations in the spatial logic of celebrity culinary brands. Journal of Consumer Culture, 13 (1). pp. 46-63.

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Abstract

This article explores the production of the ‘Nigella’ celebrity brand through forms of gendered talk performed by means of online community forums. The complexity and appeal of celebrity culinary brands forces us to turn to particular contexts to explore the passions, concerns and enthusiasms that they elicit and excite. As a context for the exploration of such hyper-mediated brands it is useful to explore the social interactions and associations harboured and sheltered within the collective canopy of the forum, in our case the Food Forum of Nigella.com. The emotional fabric of celebrity culinary brands has much to do with the fact that they are created and sustained through a range of multimedia platforms. One such critical stage is that of the online forum, which we explore as a site wherein feminine identities are performed and reimagined; where notions of ‘doing gender’ within culinary landscapes are worked and reworked through networks of affiliation and shared sentiment.