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Marie PLESSZ (Inra, CMH) – "Social status, life course events and consumption practices: the case of job loss in the French Constances cohort”
Sociology Seminar: Thursdays
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Date: 18 th of March 2021
Marie PLESSZ (Inra, CMH) – “Social status, life course events and consumption practices: the case of job loss in the French Constances cohort”
Abstract : Consumption practices, a key aspect of lifestyles, differ across social class. But people may experience social mobility, typically when they lose their jobs. How do people come to engage in consumption practices that match their social status? In this respect, many theories (e.g. Bourdieu’s habitus) make assumptions that are seldom tested.
In the light of the theories of practice, eating, drinking and smoking are social practices which entail consumption (of various food, drinks, tobacco…) and are embedded in activities, social relations and daily schedules, often accompanying other practices (Blue et al 2016). They are also subject to social norms and public health recommendations. We examine how such practices change upon job loss, an event that may upend social status as well as household finances and everyday habits. We examine how employed people changed they consumption of food, drinks and tobacco when they became unemployed in Constances, a large prospective cohort of French adults (200,000 participants), using difference-in-difference design and coarsened exact matching (CEM). (in collaboration with Sehar Ezdi).
Jeanne GANAULT, Etienne OLLION, Felix TROPF (Pôle de Sociologie du CREST)