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

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

Understanding food practices and inequality
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Understanding food practices and inequality

Two recent papers by section members are contributing to public conversations about food practices and inequality: In a post for the Work in Progress blog, Priya Fielding-Singh discusses her research on the symbolic meanings parents attach to food in different material circumstances, which was published in Sociological Science. In a Metro news story, Shyon Baumann discusses … Continue reading

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