Nicki Lisa Cole and Kjerstin Gruys Are Thinking and Working Outside the Academic Box

By Sarah Cappeliez, University of Toronto Kjerstin Gruys is a Thinking Matters fellow at Stanford University and a postdoctoral fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. Her research evolved from a personal interest in body image and beauty, and examines the relationship between physical appearance and social inequality. Nicki Lisa Cole […]

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We Speak UNIQLO

By Sharon Zukin, Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center Waiting for a friend in the fitting room at UNIQLO’s “global flagship store” in SoHo, New York, last Saturday afternoon, I saw how popular the Japanese chain’s products are with all kinds of consumers. Spanish-speaking families with teenage children, a Chinese-speaking couple with a toddler, and […]

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From the Editor

By Nicki Lisa Cole, Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society This fourth issue of Consumed marks my last as Editor-in-Chief, and signals the final three months of my role as Communications Coordinator for the section. The two years I’ve spent in this role have been immensely enriching and rewarding for me. I […]

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Erin Metz McDonnell Wins Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award

The awards committee of the ASA Section on Consumers and Consumption is extremely pleased to announce this that year’s recipient of the section’s Distinguished Scholarly Publication is Erin Metz McDonnell, Kellogg Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Notre Dame. McDonnell’s article, “Budgetary Units: A Weberian Approach to Consumption,” published in American Journal of Sociology, […]

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Zachary Hyde Wins Student Paper Award

After reviewing many well-written, interesting, and innovative papers, the student awards committee of the ASA Section on Consumers and Consumption is happy to announce that Zachary Hyde is this year’s winner of the Student Paper Award. Zack is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of British Columbia. His paper is entitled, “Omnivorous Gentrification: Restaurant Reviews […]

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New Issue of ‘Consumed’ Online!

Don’t miss the latest issue of Consumed, our section newsletter. This summer issue features seasoned insights on UNIQLO’s global diffusion and the status of retail workers from Sharon Zukin; a conversation about the future of the sociology of consumption between Yaniv Ron-El and incoming Section Chair Fred Wherry; reflections on practicing a public-oriented sociology from Kjerstin […]

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Welcome New Council Members!

Following the recent ASA election, the Section on Consumers and Consumption is pleased to welcome four new council members. Juliet Schor of Boston College will serve as chair-elect for 2015-16, and serving on the council for 2015-17 are Jeremy Schulz (University of California-Berkeley), Michelle Weinberger (Northwestern University), and Yaniv Ron-El (University of Chicago)–our student member. They join a […]

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Let Us Help You Consume Chicago!

Thanks to the creative initiative of section member Michelle Weinberger (Northwestern University), we have a unique and indispensable tool for getting the most out of Chicago during the ASA meetings in August. Michelle has created an interactive map, Consuming Chicago, which offers a rich list of sites, from notable stores and ethnic shopping districts, to […]

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