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Meal for Two: A Typology of Co-performed Practices

Khanijou, R.; Cappellini, B.; Hosany, S.

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R. Khanijou

S. Hosany


Drawing on practice theory, this ethnographic study investigates how meal practices are co-performed by 13 newly cohabiting couples. Findings reveal how practices previously performed by individual consumers become co-performed through a synergetic and chronologically multi-phased process. Disruption, the first phase, is characterised by misalignments of individually performed practices and their elements. The second phase, incorporation, is characterised by initial collective re-alignments of practices and their elements. The third phase, synergetic outcomes, shows three different ways in which alignments can shape a co-performed practice, namely blending, combining and domineering. Theoretically this paper offers two contributions to practice theory and domestic meal consumption. It reveals the synergetic process through which meal practices become co-performed over time and provides a typology of co-performed practices.


Khanijou, R., Cappellini, B., & Hosany, S. (2021). Meal for Two: A Typology of Co-performed Practices. Journal of Business Research, 134, 675-688.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 27, 2021
Publication Date 2021-09
Deposit Date May 28, 2021
Publicly Available Date Nov 27, 2022
Journal Journal of Business Research
Print ISSN 0148-2963
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 134
Pages 675-688
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