Negotiating the pressures of maternal foodwork
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Negotiating the pressures of maternal foodwork

Kate Cairns, Josée Johnston and Merin Oleschuk wrote a short piece for the Gender & Society blog on the pressures mothers face when feeding children. They write: “When it comes to feeding children, mothers today must avoid the appearance of caring too little, or too much. Either extreme garners social stigma, although the penalties are far … Continue reading

Consume This! What Economists Get Wrong about Fair Trade Coffee
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Consume This! What Economists Get Wrong about Fair Trade Coffee

Happy Fair Trade Month!  In October’s Consume This! blog, Keith Brown and Sarah Lyon contextualize the bigger picture behind being an ethical consumer.  Taking on economistic detractors of fair trade in the market for coffee, our authors carefully trace the sociological factors that make ethical consumption worthwhile.  Their essay is a reminder of the richness of sociological … Continue reading

Consume This! The Potlatch Revisited: Staging Wealth and Waste
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Consume This! The Potlatch Revisited: Staging Wealth and Waste

As Consume This! enters its second year of production and I come into term as the Chair of Consumers and Consumption, I am reminded of the inspiring essays of the past year.  Section members contributed their latest works about art in Chilean households, craft makers and services in Brooklyn, beauty culture among American men, finance advisers in … Continue reading

Consume This! How American financial self-help travels around the world: an Argentine story
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Consume This! How American financial self-help travels around the world: an Argentine story

Since the 1990s, there has been a lively debate among sociologists and anthropologists about the global flow of consumer goods and cultural products. While early studies focused on visible American exports like Coca-Cola and popular music, and the literature was often polarized between globalization and localization stories, recent contributions have expanded the range of topics … Continue reading

New book by Clayton Childress – Under the Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel
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New book by Clayton Childress – Under the Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel

Congratulations to Clayton Childress on the publication of his book, Under the Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel (Princeton University Press). Description Under the Cover follows the life trajectory of a single work of fiction from its initial inspiration to its reception by reviewers and readers. The subject is Jarrettsville, a historical novel by Cornelia … Continue reading