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May 2009

ASA Consumer Sessions

Consumers and Consumption 1
Ethics and Consumption: More Choice or More Coercion?

J. Michael Ryan, University of Maryland

Zsuzsanna Vargha, Columbia University

Does it Matter Why Somebody Buys Organic Food? Consumption and Public Good in Ethical Industries
Michael Haedicke

Reflexivity and the Whole Food Market Consumer: The lived experience of shopping for change (and pleasure)
Josee Johnston and Michelle Szabo

The Consumer Cooperative Movement: An analysis of class and consumption - Joshua Carreiro
The Social Genesis of Moral Consumption: A Durkheimian View
Melissa Pirkey

Karen Bettez Halnon, Pennsylvania State University


Consumers and Consumption 2
Representations of Consumer Practices and Consumer Attitudes

J. Michael Ryan, University of Maryland

Josee Johnston, University of Toronto

Price Check on "Free": Educational Excellence or Opportunisitic Marketing
Deborah Kraklow

Promises for Profit: Commodification of Meaning and Culture in the Marketing of PostSecondary Education
Nicole Marborano van Cleve

The Consumption of Disaster: Historical Roots and Contemporary Implications
Timothy Recuber

Consumer Credit Attitudes
Sara Skiles

Katherine Chen, CUNY


Sociology of Culture Roundtable: Consumer Studies Research Network

Amy Best, George Mason University

Consumer culture and (inter)national identification processes: a figurational
Paddy Dolan, Dublin Institute of Technology

Religion and Consumption: Does Denomination and Religiosity Affect Demand for Labor Friendly and Animal-Welfare Friendly Products?
Danielle Deemer, The Ohio State University
Linda Lobao, The Ohio State University

Consuming Identity:  Consumption Practices among the Middle Class in India
Bhavani Arabandi, University of Virginia

Consumer Institutions in Consumer Markets: Local Bicycle Clubs,  National Bicycle Associations, and the Cycling Press in France and the  United States, 1875-1910
Thomas Burr, Illinois State University

Entraining Publics: Fashions, Fads, and Fans
Elizabeth Wissinger , BMCC City University of New York


December 2008

Douglas Holt named Editor of Journal of Consumer Culture

In June, Douglas Holt, L’Oréal Professor of Marketing at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, assumed the editorship of the Journal of Consumer Culture. He took over from George Ritzer, University of Maryland, one of the founding Editors who served in that capacity since in 2001.

Recently Holt has conducted historical research on iconic brands to develop a new cultural approach to branding. This model is published in How Brands Become Icons: The Principles of Cultural Branding (Harvard Business School Press, 2004), as well as in related management and academic articles. He has also analyzed global branding from a novel cultural perspective ("How Global Brands Compete" Harvard Business Review, September 2004). Holt has published extensively on sociological issues concerning consumption, including social class, masculinity and consumer society. He co-edited (with Juliet Schor) The Consumer Society Reader (New Press 2000).

Before moving to Oxford in 2004 he was a professor at the Harvard Business School (2000-2004), University of Illinois (1997-2000) and Penn State University (1992-1997). He took his BA from Stanford University (economics and political science), MBA from the University of Chicago (marketing) and PhD from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (marketing with a specialization in cultural anthropology).

We welcome Doug and offer hearty thanks and good wishes to George.

Conference Calendar, December 2008

available in html and pdf

Books of Note


May 2008

Interested in Forming a New Research Group?Three ladies

The American Sociological Association’s Section on Aging and the Life Course sponsors several Research Groups that function as interest groups and informal networks within the Section.  There are plans to form a new Research Group on Age and Consumption in 2008. The collective welcomes scholars:

  • with an interest in age and all phases of the consumption cycle: markets, production, acquisition, possession, and disposal;
  • who study all manner of commodities and goods, such as housing, financial services, leisure and travel, fitness, and self-care, but also a host of other consumer items;
  • who focus on consumption from the perspective of the enterprise, the consumer, or both;
  • who theorize the intersection of life course, identity, and consumption.

Whether you are a Section member or not, student or faculty, the organizer, David Ekerdt, would welcome a note of inquiry.  If there is sufficient interest, the Research Group could have its first meeting at the ASA meeting in Boston, in conjunction with the Aging and Life Course section’s Roundtable session on August 1, 2008.  Possible presentations at that session would be eligible for listing in the ASA meeting program. 

Again, please direct inquiries and expressions of interest to David Ekerdt at the University of Kansas (  Is there a market for this? 

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If not, please drop us a short email that we can update the listing on our website. Thank you.


Conference Report

Consumer Studies Mini-Conference
Thursday, July 31st 2008   Boston College, Boston

Contested TerrainThe Consumer Studies Research Network (CSRN) sponsored a one-day mini-conference on “The Contested Terrain of Consumption Studies,” held at Boston College, immediately prior to the American Sociological Association (ASA) annual meeting in Boston. 

Building on the momentum of our highly successful mini-conference in August 2007 in New York City, the 2008 conference engaged critical and polemical differences within the field of consumption studies.
>>> CSRN Conference-Preliminary Program (html) or printable pdf version pdf icon

>>> ASA Consumers and Consumption Sessions pdf icon

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