This conversation is a recurring feature of the Consumers and Consumption website: the “Scholars’ Conversations” series, where consumption scholars (broadly defined) talk to other scholars in the field about recent publications and their approach to all things consumption. You can participate too! Graduate students, this can be an excellent opportunity to connect with someone whose workContinue reading


The Undergraduate Beat: A Critical Look at Substance Use on Campus

By Cortney Anderson, Pomona College This semester I had the opportunity to conduct some unofficial sociological research for a class called Self-Publishing for Artists. Our assignment was to create a serial publication on a topic of our choice so, my magazine, sample, engages with a topic that has interested me for some time: substance useContinue reading “The Undergraduate Beat: A Critical Look at Substance Use on Campus”

Nicki Lisa Cole and Kjerstin Gruys Are Thinking and Working Outside the Academic Box

By Sarah Cappeliez, University of Toronto Kjerstin Gruys is a Thinking Matters fellow at Stanford University and a postdoctoral fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. Her research evolved from a personal interest in body image and beauty, and examines the relationship between physical appearance and social inequality. Nicki Lisa ColeContinue reading “Nicki Lisa Cole and Kjerstin Gruys Are Thinking and Working Outside the Academic Box”


By Sharon Zukin, Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center Waiting for a friend in the fitting room at UNIQLO’s “global flagship store” in SoHo, New York, last Saturday afternoon, I saw how popular the Japanese chain’s products are with all kinds of consumers. Spanish-speaking families with teenage children, a Chinese-speaking couple with a toddler, andContinue reading “We Speak UNIQLO”

From the Editor

By Nicki Lisa Cole, Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society This fourth issue of Consumed marks my last as Editor-in-Chief, and signals the final three months of my role as Communications Coordinator for the section. The two years I’ve spent in this role have been immensely enriching and rewarding for me. IContinue reading “From the Editor”

Erin Metz McDonnell Wins Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award

The awards committee of the ASA Section on Consumers and Consumption is extremely pleased to announce this that year’s recipient of the section’s Distinguished Scholarly Publication is Erin Metz McDonnell, Kellogg Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Notre Dame. McDonnell’s article, “Budgetary Units: A Weberian Approach to Consumption,” published in American Journal of Sociology,Continue reading “Erin Metz McDonnell Wins Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award”

Zachary Hyde Wins Student Paper Award

After reviewing many well-written, interesting, and innovative papers, the student awards committee of the ASA Section on Consumers and Consumption is happy to announce that Zachary Hyde is this year’s winner of the Student Paper Award. Zack is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of British Columbia. His paper is entitled, “Omnivorous Gentrification: Restaurant ReviewsContinue reading “Zachary Hyde Wins Student Paper Award”

New Issue of ‘Consumed’ Online!

Don’t miss the latest issue of Consumed, our section newsletter. This summer issue features seasoned insights on UNIQLO’s global diffusion and the status of retail workers from Sharon Zukin; a conversation about the future of the sociology of consumption between Yaniv Ron-El and incoming Section Chair Fred Wherry; reflections on practicing a public-oriented sociology from KjerstinContinue reading “New Issue of ‘Consumed’ Online!”

Letter from the Editor

  As we complete this second issue of Consumed, I can’t help but feel proud of the members of our section, who have brought us a timely and important range of thought provoking, intellectually impressive new books and articles in recent months. Recent member articles are published in American Journal of Cultural Sociology, Contexts, CriticalContinue reading “Letter from the Editor”