Vol. 5, No. 2, May 2004

The Itinerary Method:
Comparing Intercultural Daily Life
The Case of Guangzhou, China
Sam Binkley
newsletter designer
Emerson University

Dan Cook
University of Illinois-Champaign

Nalini Kotamraju
University of California-Berkeley

George Ritzer
all-around great guy
University of Maryland-College Park

Todd Stillman
listserv manager
University of Maryland—College Park

Statement of Purpose
The organizing group for Consumers, Commodities and Consumption seeks to foster dialogue and debate among those who are interested in and concerned about the place of goods and commodities in social life. These interests and concerns may range from the poetics of micro/personal identity formation to the identity politics of gendered, raced and classed display, from historical work on the rise of consumer culture to a critique of Nike advertising, from investigations of typical places of consumption to the study the dynamics of globalization and urban areas. Individuals affiliated with Consumers, Commodities and Consumption desire to bring to the fore, in their own ways, the depths to which commodities and a market logic have come to pervade virtually all forms of social life and social interaction. The primary goal is to begin to engage in an interchange.

Contact the CCC:
Contact the Consumers, Commodities and Consumption Special Interest Group at the American Sociological Association.

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by Dominique Desjeux
University of Paris V, Sorbonne
and Zheng Lihua
University of Foreign Languages of Guangdong, Guangzhou, China

Walking to our next interview in a neighborhood near the West Station in Guangzhou, we came into a dark, narrow passage between high-rise buildings that looked like public housing, where we could see four old people playing mahjongg. The apartments were linked by an apparent tangle of electric wires. The windows were all protected by wrought iron bars. Most of the balconies were decorated with flowers. Clothes were drying on long sticks outside the windows. Nothing very conspicuous at first glance. No exotic vision of China. Only the ordinary course of daily life could be seen.


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Books of Note

ASA Consumption Sessions

Lunchbox Hegemony

by Dan Cook
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

If you want to catch a glimpse of the gears of capitalism grinding away in America today, you don't need to go to a factory or a business office.

Instead, observe a child and parent in a store. That high-pitched whining you'll hear coming from the cereal aisle is more than just the pleadings of a single kid bent on getting a box of Fruit Loops into the shopping cart. It is the sound of thousands of hours of market research, of an immense coordination of people, ideas and resources, of decades of social and economic change all rolled into a single, "Mommy, pleeease!"




Call for Papers:
Society and Consumption

Attention graduate students and untenured faculty:

The Berkeley Journal of Sociology (BJS) invites submissions of well-researched, theoretically interesting papers on issues relating to consumption for Volume 49, 2005. We are particularly interested in research that explores perspectives on consumption as a social experience and consumers as social actors.