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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The Undergraduate Beat: Reflections on Studying Consumption and Living Mindfully

  Cortney Anderson, Pomona College For me, the transition to college was a difficult one. Aside from being far away from home, I also gained immense amounts of knowledge that drastically changed my ethics, my practices, and my worldview. This was simultaneously refreshing and unsettling. After taking introductory courses and electives in sociology, including a […]

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On Scenes and Budgetary Units as Conceptual Tools for the Study of Consumption: A Conversation with Erin McDonnell and Daniel Silver

Yaniv Ron-El, University of Chicago The rising prominence of consumption as an area of sociological interest is evident not only in the growing number of scholars and students who put consumption at the center of their academic research, but also when sociologists whose main research focus resides elsewhere feel they are confronted with consumption-related issues […]

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