Congratulations to the 2016-17 section award winners!
Awards / News / Publications

Congratulations to the 2016-17 section award winners!

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 … Continue reading

Join us for the Annual Meeting in Montreal!
Conference Calls / News

Join us for the Annual Meeting in Montreal!

The 2017 ASA Annual Meeting Schedule is now available. Our section day is Saturday August 12 . The first event is a paper presentation session: 064. Section on Consumers and Consumption. Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in Consumer Culture Palais des congrès de Montréal, 512C Session Organizer: Juliet B. Schor, Boston College Black American Dreams: An … Continue reading

2017 Election Results
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2017 Election Results

The ASA election results are out. I’m pleased to let you know that we have a new Chair Elect, and three new Council Members. But before opening the envelope, there are some people who deserve a lot of thanks. First, Jennifer Jordan (the Chair) of the Nominations Committee and her colleagues (Norah MacKendrick, Amanda Anthony, … Continue reading

Consume This! The Language of Buying and Selling
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Consume This! The Language of Buying and Selling

There is little doubt that recent years have seen significant change in the gendered pattern of consumption, along with much else about gender. A prime example comes from the realms of fashion and beauty. Described popularly, although not particularly usefully, as the rise of “metrosexuals,” one aspect of this change is increased male participation in … Continue reading

New book by Richard Ocejo – Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy
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New book by Richard Ocejo – Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy

Congratulations to Richard Ocejo on the release of his new book, Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy (Princeton). To learn more about the book, check out Richard’s recent blog post for Consume This! Description: How educated and culturally savvy young people are transforming traditionally low-status manual labor jobs into elite taste-making occupations In … Continue reading

New book by Joseph Cohen – Financial Crisis in American Households.
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New book by Joseph Cohen – Financial Crisis in American Households.

Congratulations to Joseph Cohen on the publication of his new book, Financial Crisis in American Households (Praeger). Description More than one-third of Americans could not sustain a basic livelihood without government assistance. Almost 60 percent of seniors are dependent on the government. Why is this? This book examines how the U.S. economy’s failure to deliver high-quality, … Continue reading

Consume This! The End of Work (or More Work)?
Consume This!

Consume This! The End of Work (or More Work)?

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 … Continue reading