7, No. 2, May 2006
Third World Consumer Working Group Forming
I would like to solicit interest for a working group on "Third
World" consumers, an understudied, but globally significant group.
To begin, I want to consider the following preliminary questions:
- Who are "Third World consumers?" How would we define them?
- What goods and services matter most to them, and why?
- How do consumption practices in the "Third World" fit--or
create disjuncture--within the broader discussion of consumers,
commodities and consumption?
- What existing analytic and theoretical frameworks are best
suited for understanding this topic?
Possible goals for developing this group include: creating a
bibliography, develop a list of scholars working on related issues,
considering (if a critical mass develops) a venue for publication
for this path-breaking work, i.e. in a special issue of a journal,
or in an edited volume. If anyone is interested, please contact
Amelia Rosenberg Weinrebat, firstname.lastname@example.org
Consumption Teaching Materials to be available at ASA Meeting
The Second Edition of Syllabi and Teaching Resources in the
Sociology of Consumption will be available at the ASA meeting
in Montreal in August. In addition to a couple dozen graduate
and undergraduate syllabi for courses taught on consumption, there
will be a substantial list of useful URLs along with short essays
by scholars about teaching consumption in the contemporary moment.
Dan Cook, J. Michael Ryan and Meghan Ashlin Rich are co-editors.
Consumer Culture Theory Conference and Web site
The link for the Consumer Culture Theory Conference Web Site
The conference will be held August 1-3 on the campus of the University
of Notre Dame.