Consume This! Consumption, Vulgarity and Vulgar Times

Hello all, and welcome to September. As the current Chair of the Consumers and Consumption section and in keeping with tradition, I’m delighted to contribute the September Consume This! essay. In this issue, I expand upon an article I recently completed on media representations of the nouveaux riches, taking a tour through the theme ofContinue reading “Consume This! Consumption, Vulgarity and Vulgar Times”

ASA 2018 Consumers and Consumption Sessions

ASA is almost here! Our section day is Sunday Aug 12. Please mark your schedule for these events! 8:30 – 10:10 — 2110. Section on Consumers and Consumption. New  Approaches to Inequality and Consumption Pennsylvania Convention Center, 104B, Level 100, 8:30 Session Organizers: Amanda Koontz, University of Central Florida and Daniel G. Fridman, University of TexasAustin  Are You Sure YouContinue reading “ASA 2018 Consumers and Consumption Sessions”

Consume This! Advertising and Consumer Data

  In this month’s post, Melissa Aronczyk takes us into the world of commercial advertising to see how the digital era has reoriented “mad men.”  Most of us are attuned to the bargain we make as online consumers, but Aronczyk notes how we give up not only our personal data as consumers, but also informationContinue reading “Consume This! Advertising and Consumer Data”

Consumers and Consumption Membership Drive: Help us reach 300 members!

We are currently a few dozen members shy of the 300 member threshold needed to keep our current level of funding, number of sessions, and ability to put on things like our upcoming pre-ASA mini-conference. What can you do to help? We’re so glad you asked! If you are an ASA member but not a member ofContinue reading “Consumers and Consumption Membership Drive: Help us reach 300 members!”

ASA 2018 Consumers & Consumption Mini-Conference – Preliminary Schedule

Consuming In, and Consumed By, a Trump Economy *one day pre-American Sociological Association mini-conference* Friday, August 10, 2018, 8:30 am-5:00 pm Rutgers University, Camden, NJ Registration deadline: July 24, 2018 Register here: Questions? Contact Kate Cairns ( or Dan Cook ( Transportation to campus:  From Philadelphia, use PATCO to get to Camden.  Campus is locatedContinue reading “ASA 2018 Consumers & Consumption Mini-Conference – Preliminary Schedule”

Announcing our section award winners!

Congratulations to this year’s Consumers and Consumption section award winners! Best Student Paper Award goes to two co-winners: Barbara Kiviat, 2017.  “The Art of Deciding with Data:  Evidence from How Employers Translate Credit Reports into Hiring Decisions.” Socio-Economic Review, 1-27 Helana Darwin, 2017.  “Omnivorous Masculinity:  Gender Capital and Cultural Legitimacy in Craft Beer Culture.”  Social Currents, 1-16   BestContinue reading “Announcing our section award winners!”

Welcoming our New Section Officers

We welcome in our new chair-elect and two council members, and give a huge thanks to everyone who ran for office, and to our nominations committee for procuring such an impressive set of candidates.  Our new officers are: Chair-Elect  Richard Ocejo, John Jay College and the Graduate Center, CUNY Council Members Victoria Reyes, University ofContinue reading “Welcoming our New Section Officers”

Register for the 2018 ASA Consumers and Consumption Mini-Conference!

Registration is now live for the ASA 2018 Consumers and Consumption mini-conference: “Consuming in, and Consumed By, a Trump Economy,” August 10, 2018 at Rutgers University-Camden. Join us for an exciting day of scholarship and discussion about the politics of consumption in this moment. Please register online before July 10 so that we have adequate time toContinue reading “Register for the 2018 ASA Consumers and Consumption Mini-Conference!”

New Special Issue on Elites, edited by Bruno Cousin, Shamus Khan, and Ashley Mears

Check out this new Special Issue of the Socio-Economic Review, exploring “Theoretical and methodological pathways for research on elites.” The issue was edited by Bruno Cousin, Shamus Khan, and Ashley Mears, and features the work of section members. Congratulations to all involved! Socio-Economic Review, Volume 16, Issue 2, April 2018

New book by Norah MacKendrick – Better Safe Than Sorry: How Consumers Navigate Exposure to Everyday Toxics

Congratulations to Norah MacKendrick on the publication of her new book, Better Safe Than Sorry: How Consumers Navigate Exposure to Everyday Toxics. The book was released on May 1, 2018 with University of California Press. Description How toxic are the products we consume on a daily basis? Whether it’s triclosan in toothpaste, formaldehyde in baby shampoo,Continue reading “New book by Norah MacKendrick – Better Safe Than Sorry: How Consumers Navigate Exposure to Everyday Toxics”