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

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

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

Consume This! Learning from Hot Dogs
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Consume This! Learning from Hot Dogs

Richard Ocejo’s fantastic work on four occupations (butchers, bartenders, distillers and barbers) is an exploration of how symbolically intricate contemporary consumption has become and the role that producers are playing at the consumer frontier. His book will be out next month from Princeton. Here Richard asks us to think about the lowly hot dog, now a gourmet … Continue reading