Consume This! BPS-Free plastic

In this month’s Consume This!, Norah MacKendrick reminds us of the stakes of the current administration’s cutbacks at the EPA, where regulatory control over toxic chemicals in the food supply are giving further way to industry interests.  A preview of her new book, Better Safe Than Sorry: How Consumers Navigate Exposure to Everyday Toxics (University of California Press), MacKendrick outlines […]

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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 https://academic.oup.com/ser/issue/16/2

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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, […]

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Consume This! ‘House Full’. Film as Social and Cultural Practice

In this month’s Consume This!, Lakshmi Srinivas pushes film studies with some of the best insights from cultural sociology with an ethnography of films’ reception in Bangalore, India.  Sometimes colorful, sometimes raucous, and never singular, how audiences interact with films tells us much about how cinema taps into any given social milieux.  Read, enjoy, share […]

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New book by Sara Schoonmaker – Free Software, the Internet, and Global Communities of Resistance

Congratulations to Sara Schoonmaker on the publication of her new book, Free Software, the Internet, and Global Communities of Resistance (Routledge 2018). Description This book explores software’s pivotal role as the code that powers computers, mobile devices, the Internet, and social media. Creating conditions for the ongoing development and use of software, including the Internet as […]

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Consume This! Class-Based Experiential Consumption and Inequality

This month, Consume This! authors Michelle F. Weinberger, Jane R. Zavisca, and Jennifer M. Silva consider the range of “experiential consumption” so prevalent in the lives of middle-class young adults.  Not yet married or parenting, young adults seek a range of illuminating and novel experiences — new thrills, authentic restaurants, growth and travel experiences.  It is a fascinating analysis of the extended quest […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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New book by Yasemin Besen-Cassino — The Cost of Being a Girl: Working Teens and the Origins of the Gender Wage Gap

Congratulations to Yasemin Besen-Cassino on the release of her new book, The Cost of Being a Girl: Working Teens and the Origins of the Gender Wage Gap (Temple, 2017). DESCRIPTION The gender wage gap is one of the most persistent problems of labor markets and women’s lives. Most approaches to explaining the gap focus on adult employment despite […]

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