Understanding Culinary Innovation as Relational: Insights from Tarde's Relational Sociology

8 Pages Posted: 7 May 2018

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Miriam Feuls

Berlin University of the Arts

Date Written: June 2018

Abstract

This article argues that a relational view of innovation opens up new perspectives of examining and explaining how novelty develops in creative industries. Although many researchers have given time to this topic, a theoretically grounded concept of relational innovation remains undeveloped within the literature. To address this issue, I set out to offer a framework informed by Gabriel Tarde's relational sociology, by re‐interpreting this sociology with regard to practice theory. By applying this framework in an empirical study of haute cuisine, I identify three processes of innovating at varying degrees of novelty (repeating, adapting, and differentiating). By relating those processes in the form of practices‐nets, I show that innovating is not a linear development process, but that a culinary innovation emerges in between relations of everyday practices that define and transform its value. I hope, in this way, to contribute to a more complex and subtle understanding of culinary innovation as relational.

Suggested Citation

Feuls, Miriam, Understanding Culinary Innovation as Relational: Insights from Tarde's Relational Sociology (June 2018). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 27, Issue 2, pp. 161-168, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3173918 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/caim.12257

Miriam Feuls (Contact Author)

Berlin University of the Arts ( email )

10623 Berlin - Charlottenburg
Germany

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