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A Guide to the Systems of Provision ApproachIntroduction and Background to the SoP Approach

A Guide to the Systems of Provision Approach: Introduction and Background to the SoP Approach [Across the social sciences academics have long grappled with the question of what drives consumption. This relates not just to shopping habits but also to how basic needs such as housing and education are met to understand who gets what, how and why. The systems of provision (SoP) approach emerged in the 1990s in response to a perceived failing in the siloed social sciences to assess adequately the drivers of consumption. The approach proposes an interdisciplinary framing with consumption deemed to be inextricably linked vertically to processes of production as well as (horizontally) to wider contexts. This chapter traces the trajectory of the approach from early studies on the drivers of consumption norms for consumer durables, through analyses of food consumption to more recent applications in social policy and the grander issues of neoliberalism and financialization. The chapter shows that the approach has evolved to cover not just commodity production but also alternative, including public, production and consumption systems. And this adaptability and progress in part explains its durability over the past three decades.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A Guide to the Systems of Provision ApproachIntroduction and Background to the SoP Approach

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
ISBN
978-3-030-54142-2
Pages
1 –28
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-54143-9_1
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Abstract

[Across the social sciences academics have long grappled with the question of what drives consumption. This relates not just to shopping habits but also to how basic needs such as housing and education are met to understand who gets what, how and why. The systems of provision (SoP) approach emerged in the 1990s in response to a perceived failing in the siloed social sciences to assess adequately the drivers of consumption. The approach proposes an interdisciplinary framing with consumption deemed to be inextricably linked vertically to processes of production as well as (horizontally) to wider contexts. This chapter traces the trajectory of the approach from early studies on the drivers of consumption norms for consumer durables, through analyses of food consumption to more recent applications in social policy and the grander issues of neoliberalism and financialization. The chapter shows that the approach has evolved to cover not just commodity production but also alternative, including public, production and consumption systems. And this adaptability and progress in part explains its durability over the past three decades.]

Published: Jan 5, 2021

Keywords: Consumption studies; Consumer durables; Food Systems; SoP approach; Commodity Production

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