Consume This! The Cost of Being a Girl
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Consume This! The Cost of Being a Girl

As we enter a new year with growing pubic concern over economic and gender inequality, Yasemin Besen-Cassino reminds us that the low-paid retail and service sector is fueled by teenage workers, boys and girls who are equally likely to participate in the labor force as tweens.  Don’t let the appearance of equal participation hide how gender … Continue reading

Consume This! Are Cultural Objects Free Floating Signifiers? Some Potential Problems for our Studies of Evaluation and Meaning
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Consume This! Are Cultural Objects Free Floating Signifiers? Some Potential Problems for our Studies of Evaluation and Meaning

In this month’s blog post, Clayton Childress raises a call for analytic clarity among consumption scholarship which typically brackets production from consumption, separating cultural objects from their audiences’ reception of them. Drawing from a provocative snippet of survey data from his new book, Under the Cover (Princeton 2017), Childress’ post is sure to raise some eyebrows and … Continue reading

Consume This! “America’s Sports Car”: Brand Community and Civic Engagement
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Consume This! “America’s Sports Car”: Brand Community and Civic Engagement

This month’s Consume This! feature post by Virginia D’Antonio takes us into the world of Corvette drivers, a window into brand consumption as civic engagement.  Reminding us that contemporary goods are always a part of larger systems of meaning in consumer capitalism, D’Antonio trails the idea of the Corvette through club meetings of drivers, factory workers, and the Bowling … 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