Negotiating the pressures of maternal foodwork
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Negotiating the pressures of maternal foodwork

Kate Cairns, Josée Johnston and Merin Oleschuk wrote a short piece for the Gender & Society blog on the pressures mothers face when feeding children. They write: “When it comes to feeding children, mothers today must avoid the appearance of caring too little, or too much. Either extreme garners social stigma, although the penalties are far … 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

New book by Clayton Childress – Under the Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel
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New book by Clayton Childress – Under the Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel

Congratulations to Clayton Childress on the publication of his book, Under the Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel (Princeton University Press). Description Under the Cover follows the life trajectory of a single work of fiction from its initial inspiration to its reception by reviewers and readers. The subject is Jarrettsville, a historical novel by Cornelia … Continue reading

Congratulations to the 2016-17 section award winners!
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Congratulations to the 2016-17 section award winners!

ASA Section on the Sociology of Consumers and Consumption Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award for 2017  Winners: Kristie O’Neill and Daniel Silver, “From Hungry to Healthy: Simmel, Self-Cultivation and the Transformative Experience of Eating for Beauty”  Honorable mention:  Nathan Wilmers, “Does Consumer Demand Reproduce Inequality? High-income Consumers, Vertical Differentiation and the Wage Structure”   ASA Section … 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

New book by Richard Ocejo – Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy
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New book by Richard Ocejo – Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy

Congratulations to Richard Ocejo on the release of his new book, Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy (Princeton). To learn more about the book, check out Richard’s recent blog post for Consume This! Description: How educated and culturally savvy young people are transforming traditionally low-status manual labor jobs into elite taste-making occupations In … Continue reading

New book by Joseph Cohen – Financial Crisis in American Households.
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New book by Joseph Cohen – Financial Crisis in American Households.

Congratulations to Joseph Cohen on the publication of his new book, Financial Crisis in American Households (Praeger). Description More than one-third of Americans could not sustain a basic livelihood without government assistance. Almost 60 percent of seniors are dependent on the government. Why is this? This book examines how the U.S. economy’s failure to deliver high-quality, … Continue reading