In our October issue of Consume This!, Nathaniel Chapman and Slade Lellock consider ‘the Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ of craft beer and offer a great example of how personal consuming passions can lead to research projects! Nate and Slade highlight some of the particular paradoxes and tensions around issues of authenticity, diversity and […]Read More Consume This! The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Craft Beer
Hello all, and welcome to September. As the current Chair of the Consumers and Consumption section and in keeping with tradition, I’m delighted to contribute the September Consume This! essay. In this issue, I expand upon an article I recently completed on media representations of the nouveaux riches, taking a tour through the theme of […]Read More Consume This! Consumption, Vulgarity and Vulgar Times
Want to help others join the Consumers and Consumption section? Why not offer them a gift membership? ASA members can gift an ASA membership for students or section memberships for any membership type at https://asa.enoah.com (Login required). To purchase a gift ASA membership for studentsOnce logged into the member portal, please click “Purchase a gift membership for a student” under […]Read More Give the gift of section membership!
ASA Section on the Sociology of Consumers and Consumption Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award for 2017 Winners: Kristie O’Neill and Daniel Silver, “From Hungry to Healthy: Simmel, Self-Cultivation and the Transformative Experience of Eating for Beauty” Honorable mention: Nathan Wilmers, “Does Consumer Demand Reproduce Inequality? High-income Consumers, Vertical Differentiation and the Wage Structure” ASA Section […]Read More Congratulations to the 2016-17 section award winners!
Christopher Andrews’ May blogpost takes up a question that is sure to get increasing attention: is automation and artificial intelligence going to significantly reduce the number of jobs? What is the future of work? Andrews looks at self-checkout lanes in supermarkets—one of the biggest and most obvious candidates for job elimination—and has surprising and very […]Read More Consume This! The End of Work (or More Work)?
In recent years, the influence of Pierre Bourdieu on U.S. sociology has increased substantially. Jeffery Sallaz and Jane Zavisca did an analysis of Bourdieusian concepts in major journals between 1980-2004, finding both increasing influence as well as an expansion of concepts, from cultural capital to habitus to field. Since that analysis the use of his […]Read More Consume This! Art in the Chilean Living Room
ASA Section on the Sociology of Consumers and Consumption Distinguished Publication Award for 2018 The ASA Section on the Sociology of Consumers and Consumption Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award goes to the author(s) of the best published book that makes a significant, original contribution to the understanding of ideas about, and practices of, consumption. The sociology […]Read More 2018 Section Awards: Call for submissions
ASA is almost here! Our section day is Sunday Aug 12. Please mark your schedule for these events! 8:30 – 10:10 — 2110. Section on Consumers and Consumption. New Approaches to Inequality and Consumption Pennsylvania Convention Center, 104B, Level 100, 8:30 Session Organizers: Amanda Koontz, University of Central Florida and Daniel G. Fridman, University of TexasAustin Are You Sure You […]Read More ASA 2018 Consumers and Consumption Sessions
In this month’s post, Melissa Aronczyk takes us into the world of commercial advertising to see how the digital era has reoriented “mad men.” Most of us are attuned to the bargain we make as online consumers, but Aronczyk notes how we give up not only our personal data as consumers, but also information […]Read More Consume This! Advertising and Consumer Data
We are currently a few dozen members shy of the 300 member threshold needed to keep our current level of funding, number of sessions, and ability to put on things like our upcoming pre-ASA mini-conference. What can you do to help? We’re so glad you asked! If you are an ASA member but not a member of […]Read More Consumers and Consumption Membership Drive: Help us reach 300 members!
In this month’s Consume This!, Norah MacKendrick reminds us of the stakes of the current administration’s cutbacks at the EPA, where regulatory control over toxic chemicals in the food supply are giving further way to industry interests. A preview of her new book, Better Safe Than Sorry: How Consumers Navigate Exposure to Everyday Toxics (University of California Press), MacKendrick outlines […]Read More Consume This! BPS-Free plastic
Consuming In, and Consumed By, a Trump Economy *one day pre-American Sociological Association mini-conference* Friday, August 10, 2018, 8:30 am-5:00 pm Rutgers University, Camden, NJ Registration deadline: July 24, 2018 Register here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3433551 Questions? Contact Kate Cairns (email@example.com) or Dan Cook (firstname.lastname@example.org) Transportation to campus: From Philadelphia, use PATCO to get to Camden. www.ridepatco.org. Campus is located […]Read More ASA 2018 Consumers & Consumption Mini-Conference – Preliminary Schedule