Living Alone pp 122-143 | Cite as

Living Alone, Consuming Alone?

  • Lynn Jamieson
  • Roona Simpson
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life book series (PSFL)


The previous chapter indicated variation in whether and how people living alone consciously express themselves through their home and showed that practices of ‘consuming’ the home often remember and display relationships to family and friends. This chapter extends the discussion through a focus on the consumption of food and holidays, topics that provide particularly interesting insight into the interdependence of the self and social relationships, as seen and managed in the subjectivity and social practices of people living alone. The environmental consequences of consumption were not explicitly raised in our study, but the interlinking of high carbon-emitting systems, food and holiday consumption were occasionally spontaneously acknowledged and this is also noted in the chapter.


Carbon Footprint Tourist Destination Family Meal Family Household Family Time 
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© Lynn Jamieson and Roona Simpson 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lynn Jamieson
    • 1
  • Roona Simpson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of EdinburghUK
  2. 2.University of GlasgowUK

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