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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 10, 2018
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Questions? Contact Kate Cairns (
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Preliminary Schedule




The 2017 ASA Annual Meeting Schedule is now available.

Our section day is Saturday August 12 . The first event is a paper presentation session:

064. Section on Consumers and Consumption. Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in Consumer Culture Palais des congrès de Montréal, 512C Session Organizer: Juliet B. Schor, Boston College

Black American Dreams: An Examination of Black’s Aspirational Consumption. Cassi L. Pittman, Case Western Reserve University

Constructing and Contesting the “Holy Land”: Christian Pilgrimage as a Multifaceted Social Phenomenon. Roger Baumann, Yale University

Key Changes: Record Store Failure in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Detroit, 1970 – 2010. Thomas Anthony Calkins, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Who Owns the Co-op? Race, Class, and Symbolic Boundaries at a Food Co-operative. Sonita Moss, University of Pennsylvania

Discussant: Sofya Aptekar, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Roundtable Session at 4:30. We have three great tables organized: Culture and Consumption, Food and Consumption and Change and Stability and Consumption. Location: Palais des congrès de Montréal, Level 5, 520A.

Business meeting is at 5:30; Reception at 6:30

We will be holding a joint reception with Economic Sociology this year. And this year we are in the conference venue—Palais des congrès de Montréal, 520A J

Finally, on Sunday there are two Regular Sessions on Consumption:

280. Regular Session. Ethics, Localism, and Food ConsumptionSun, August 13, 10:30am to 12:10pm, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Level 5, 512G

281. Regular Session. Advertising and Consumption. Sun, August 13, 2:30 to 4:10pm, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Level 5, 512F

We look forward to seeing you in August!



Summer 2016

We had a great line up of consumption themed sessions at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, which took place in Seattle in August.


Regular Session, Organized by Juliet Schor.

Conflicting Desires and Prosumer Control: A Case Study of an Online Fansubbing Community – Penn Pantumsinchai, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Middle Class Housing Decisions and the Reproduction of Sociospatial Inequality in Santiago, Chile – Joel P. Stillerman, Grand Valley State University

Romancing the Home: Emotions and the Interactional Creation of Demand in the Housing Market – Max Besbris, New York University

The Private Roots of Public Regulation: The Case of the National Consumers League – Andrew Schrank, Brown University

Discussant Jane Zavisca, University of Arizona


Section Session. Consumers, Social Movements, and New Market Relations 

Moral Shock, Corporate Responsibility, and Environmental Disaster – Justin Farrell, Yale University

Aesthetic-led Pathways to Market Change and Sustainability in the Natural Wine Market – Jennifer Smith Maguire, University of Leicester

Temper or Tempered? The Double Edged Sword of Social Movement Anger, Motivation, and Mobilization – Katherine DeCelles; Scott Sonenshein, Rice University; Brayden G. King, Northwestern University


Section Roundtables, Organized by Jennifer Smith Maguire 

Table 01. Food, Ethics and Intervention
Table Presider: Ethan D. Schoolman, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Make the Grants, Make the Market: How W.K.Kellogg Foundation Funds the Local Food Market in Michigan – Hui Qian, Michigan State University

Wish You Were Here? Do Farmers’ Markets Contribute to Better Food Access in Food Deserts? – Justin Schupp, Wheaton College

Buying Local as Building Community: Ethical Consumption Among People Who do not Fit the Mold – Ethan D. Schoolman, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Table 02. Food and Stratification
Table Presider: Kaitland Marie Byrd, Virginia Tech

Authentic or Appropriated: The Globalization of Food and Agriculture in the Global and U.S. South – Kaitland Marie Byrd, Virginia Tech

Exploring the Relationship between Drinking Habits and Social Classes in Contemporary Russia – Zoya Kotelnikova, National Research University Higher School of Economics

You Eat What You Are: The Effect of Religious Identity on Halal and Kosher Diet – Kemal Budak, Emory University

Table 03. Consumption and Social Movements
Table Presider: Deborah Miriam Brown, University of Cambridge

Elite Led Social Movements: Co-optation, Counter Movements and Maintenance of the Status Quo – Deborah Miriam Brown, University of Cambridge; Shaz Ansari, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge; Kamal Munir, University of Cambridge

On Carrots and Mobs. The Global (Non) Diffusion of a New Social Movement Tactic – Ion Bogdan Vasi, University of Iowa; Anne Nassauer, Freie Universität Berlin

Voting with Their Feet and Wallets: How Consumers Respond to Corporations’ Political Speech – Steven Andrew Snell, Social Science Research Institute

Table 04. Irony, Individualization, and Narcissism
Table Presider: Bridget M. Costello, King’s College

Irony, Memory, and Memorabilia: Americans Consuming the Cold War – Bridget M. Costello, King’s College

Looking West?: Globalization, the Self, and Individualization in Post-Socialist China – Weiwei Zhang

Spirituality in a Consumer Culture: Happy Consciousness, Narcissism, and the Corruption of Consumer Desire. – Hans Tokke, New York City College of Technology- CUNY

Table 05. Changing Views of the Consumer
Table Presider: Joahna C. Rocchio, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Managing the 21st Century Consumer: Representations of Consumers in Harvard Business Review (2000 – 2014) – Joahna C. Rocchio, University of Hawaii at Manoa

The Sovereign and the Victim: Comparing Consumer Policies in Mexico and Argentina in the 1970s – Daniel G. Fridman, University of Texas – Austin; Pilar Zazueta, University of Texas at Austin

Section Session. Intersections of Consumption and Production

Belong Anywhere? How Airbnb is Dismantling Generations of Civil Rights in the Name of Progress – Alexandrea J Ravenelle, CUNY: The Graduate Center

Urban Shopping Streets in Flux: Williamsburg and the Lower East Side – Sara Lucia Martucci, CUNY Graduate Center

Rethinking Productivity in an Economy of Taste: YouTube’s “Beauty Gurus” – Ulrike Bialas, Princeton University

It Takes More Than a Chef: The Neglected Constituents of a City’s Restaurant Scene – John T. Lang, Occidental College

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