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The Trouble with Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure (Exploded Views) - Shawn Micallef
The Trouble with Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure (Exploded Views)
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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 outré food by hungover waitstaff. For some, the ritual we call brunch is a beloved pastime; for others, a bedeviling waste of... show more
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 outré 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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781552452851 (1552452859)
ASIN: 1552452859
Publisher: Coach House Books
Pages no: 112
Edition language: English
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4.5 Brunching while Rome burns
Title: The Trouble With Brunch Who wrote it? Shawn Micallef, columnist with the Toronto Star and author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto. I sense he may be Canadian. Plot in a Box: A blend of personal history and social commentary about the transformation of the middle ...
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