Eric J. Arnould
is Visiting Professor of Marketing at Aalto University Business School. He has pursued a career in applied social science since 1974. The University of Arizona awarded him a PhD in anthropology in 1982. Aalto awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2016. Eric’s research on consumer culture, cultural marketing strategy, qualitative research methods, services, and development appears in major social science and managerial periodicals and books.
is Associate Professor of Media Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of Branding the Nation: The Business of National Identity (2013) and the coeditor of Blowing Up the Brand: Critical Perspectives on Promotional Culture. Recent articles appear in New Media & Society, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and Enterprise & Society. She is currently writing a critical history of the public relations industry.
is Professor of Sociology, Equity Advisor to Dean in Social Sciences, and Co-Director of Center for Organizational Research at the University of California, Irvine. Her research on cultural, political, and emotional dimensions of economy, globalization, and postsocialism has been published in American Sociological Review, Theory and Society, and Social Forces, among others. She is the (co)author or (co)editor of six books, most recently of Money Talks: Explaining How Money Really Works (with Frederick Wherry and Viviana Zelizer, 2017). Bandelj serves as one of the editors of Socio-Economic Review, is past Chair of Economic Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA), and on Executive Councils of the ASA, Society for Advancement of Socio-Economics, and RC09 of the International Sociological Association. She received her PhD from Princeton University and was a Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and the European University Institute in Florence.
is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. He specializes in the sociology of culture. He investigates the concepts of legitimation, evaluation, classification, framing, and distinction, and has empirically investigated these concepts in Hollywood cinema, advertising imagery and television commercials, gourmet food, and news media. With Josée Johnston, he is at work on a project on the meat industry, studying both consumers’ attitudes and practices regarding meat eating and how some small-scale meat producers work outside the conventional (industrial) meat industry.
Yaara Benger Alaluf
is a postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. Her research focuses on the (p. xii) entanglement of emotional and economic discourses and practices from the nineteenth century onward and their moral implications. She is particularly interested in the sociology and history of expert knowledge systems of emotions and their role in shaping subjectivities and repertoires of self-monitoring and self-improvement. She has published on the evolution of the consumer as an emotional agent, the emotional economy of holidaymaking, and the relation between therapeutic culture and economic rationalization.
Keith R. Brown
is Associate Professor of Sociology at Saint Joseph’s University. His research and teaching interests include fair trade, ethical consumption, globalization, culture, morality in markets, and ethnographic methods. He is the author of Buying into Fair Trade: Culture, Morality and Consumption (NYU Press, 2013).
is Visiting Assistant Professor at Fairfield University and received his PhD Candidate in Sociology at Boston College. His research focuses on economic inequality and technological change, particularly the “sharing economy” and how existing inequalities are reproduced in novel contexts.
Terry Nichols Clark
is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. He holds MA and PhD degrees from Columbia University, and he has taught at Columbia, Harvard, Yale, the Sorbonne, University of Florence, and UCLA. He has published some forty books. He coordinates the Fiscal Austerity and Urban Innovation Project, surveying 1,200 cities in the United States and more in thirty-eight other countries. www.faui.org and the Scenes Project which is analyzing neighborhood cultural scenes as drivers of urban development. http://www.tnc-newsletter.blogspot.com/. The City as an Entertainment Machine presents several dozen propositions specifying distinct patterns of consumption.
is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès and a researcher at the LISST-CNRS. He works in the field of economic sociology, with a focus on the technical devices that frame or equip consumer behavior, such as packaging, self-service, shopping carts, price tags, and so on. His recent books include On the Origins of Self-Service (Routledge, 2015) and On Curiosity, the Art of Market Seduction (Mattering Press, 2016). He also recently published articles in Economy and Society, Organization, Mobilities, and Environment and Planning A.
is a sociologist of media and culture. He is Professor of Media Communications and Social Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author or editor of twelve books, including The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism (with Ulises A. Mejias, Stanford, 2019), The Mediated Construction of Reality (with Andreas Hepp, Polity, 2016), Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice (Polity, 2012), and Why Voice Matters: Culture and Politics after Neoliberalism (SAGE, 2010). He was joint coordinating lead author of the chapter on media and communications in the report by the International Panel on Social Progress: https://www.ipsp.org.
Amanda M. Dewey
is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland and a Graduate Fellow in the Program for Society and the (p. xiii) Environment. Her research interests include environmental attitudes and values, identity, and social movements. She has also worked as a member of the Climate Constituencies Project research team studying climate and clean energy policy networks.
is Professor of Marketing at Bentley University. She employs a critical lens to illuminate the ways consumption impacts and reflects society. Her work appears in Harvard Business Review, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, and Journal of Business Ethics. Recently, she edited a book on death and consumption and a handbook for gender in marketing.
Dana R. Fisher
is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on environmental policy, civic participation, and activism more broadly. She has written extensively on climate politics, including in her first book: National Governance and the Global Climate Change Regime (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004). In addition to six books, she has also published her work in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Fisher is currently leading the Climate Constituencies Project, which studies climate and clean energy policy networks at the US federal and subnational levels and is funded by the MacArthur Foundation, and she has written American Resistance (in press), which analyzes the movement to resist the Trump administration and its agenda.
Christopher W. Gibson
is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and holds an MA in Global Studies from the University of California–Santa Barbara. His current research is situated within economic sociology and environmental sociology, with a focus on water policy and public agencies. He is also interested in globalization and inequality, and has researched social change in the Middle East and North Africa. His dissertation, supported by UCI’s Center for Organizational Research, analyzes the market orientations of public municipal water districts in the arid American West, seeking to understand society’s complex relationship with the environment through institutional analysis.
is Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University and has researched consumer finance, reproductive markets, and household economies. Her work has appeared in American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Socio-Economic Review, Journal of Comparative Economics, Social Science Research, and Journal of Family Issues. She is the author and coauthor of two books on emerging credit card markets in the postcommunist region: Into the Red and Plastic Money (with Akos Rona-Tas), both with Stanford University Press. She is currently pursuing a project on markets for commercial surrogacy in Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan.
Geraldine Rosa Henderson
is the author of Consumer Equality: Race and the American Marketplace. She is Professor of Marketing in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. She was previously the Chairperson and Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing and the Associate Research Director for The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) at the Rutgers Business (p. xiv) School Newark/New Brunswick at Rutgers University. Her primary areas of research include global marketplace diversity and inclusion, health disparities, public policy, consumption communities, and consumer networks (both cognitive and social). She has served on the Board of Directors for the American Marketing Association, the National Black MBA Association, and the National Society of Black Engineers. She also serves or has served in an editorial or leadership capacity for the Journal of Business Research, the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, and the Journal of Advertising. She has published over eighty articles, books, or book chapters. She worked for several years in industry for IBM in relationship marketing (specializing in the health care, insurance, and pharmaceutical industries) and briefly in brand management at Kraft Foods.
Gry Høngsmark Knudsen
is Associate Professor of Digital Marketing and Consumer Culture in the Department of Marketing and Management and Member of the Central Equality Committee and the Social Science Equality Committee at the University of Southern Denmark. Her research centers on the interrelation between digitalization, marketing texts, and consumer identities. She is on the board of the Association of Danish Media Researchers. She previously served as Chair of the Association of Gender Research in Denmark. She is currently involved in a research project with LEGO, developing anonymization processes when analyzing digital data in order to protect consumers.
is Associate Professor of History and Social Theory in the School of Global, Urban, and Social Studies at RMIT University, Melbourne. Much of her research over the past two decades has focused on the history, theory, and politics of consumption and, more recently, on anti-consumerism, ethical consumption, and social enterprise. Her publications include Shelf Life: Supermarkets and the Changing Cultures of Consumption (Cambridge University Press, 1998, 2011) and Excess: Anti-Consumerism in the West (Polity, 2010).
is Professor of Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Paris’s School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS). She served as President of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem from 2012 to 2015. Her research interests include the sociology of culture, sociology of emotions, and the sociology of capitalism. Illouz is the author of eighty articles and book chapters and ten books translated into seventeen languages, which have received international awards in sociology and philosophy. Her books include Emotions as Commodities: Capitalism, Consumption and Authenticity (ed.); Why Love Hurts; and Cold Intimacies: The Making of Emotional Capitalism.
is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. She is the coauthor of Foodies (2nd ed., 2015) with Shyon Baumann, as well as Food and Femininity (2015) with Kate Cairns. She has published work in venues including Agriculture and Human Values, American Journal of Sociology, Food Culture and Society, Geoforum, Gender & Society, Signs, and Theory and Society. Her research uses food as a lens for investigating questions relating to consumer culture, ethical food consumption, gender (p. xv) politics, food sustainability, and inequality. Johnston’s most recent research investigates the cultural politics of meat consumption.
Jennifer A. Jordan
is Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the author of Structures of Memory: Understanding Urban Change in Berlin and Beyond (Stanford University Press, 2006), Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods (University of Chicago Press, 2015), and a book in progress, Before Craft Beer: Lost Landscapes of Forgotten Hops (University of Chicago Press).
is Professor and LeRoy Neiman Term Chair in Sociology at the University of California-Los Angeles. He previously served on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame after completing his PhD at the University of Arizona. His research deals with various topics at the intersection of cultural sociology, stratification, social theory, and theory of action. He has published widely on the sociology of taste, cultural capital theory, and processes of distinction and symbolic exclusion. He is currently a member of the editorial advisory board of more than six journals and, with Rory McVeigh and Sarah Mustillo, coeditor of American Sociological Review. He was the recipient of the 2013 Lewis Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda Setting from the American Sociological Association Section on Theory, and he was the winner of the 2008 Clifford Geertz Prize for Best Article from the American Sociological Association Section on Culture.
is Associate Professor of Sociology and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Boston University. She researches and teaches courses on gender, culture, and economic life. She is the author of Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model (University of California Press, 2011). Her forthcoming book (Princeton University Press) is an economic anthropology of consumption among the economic elite. Her articles appear in American Sociological Review, Poetics, and Sociological Theory, and she has written for The New York Times, ELLE, and The Week. She has held visiting scholar positions at the University of Amsterdam, Cambridge University, and Central European University, and she is the past-Chair of the Consumers and Consumption Section of the American Sociological Association. She received her PhD from New York University.
Ulises A. Mejias
is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Institute for Global Engagement at the State University of New York at Oswego. He is a media scholar whose work encompasses critical Internet studies, philosophy and sociology of technology, and political economy of digital media. He is the author of The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism (with Nick Couldry, Stanford, 2019), Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) and, with N. Vokuev, of “Disinformation and the Media: The Case of Russia and Ukraine” (Media, Culture and Society, 2017). He is also the principal investigator in the Algorithm Observatory project.
is Professor of Sociology, Head of the Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre (PAHC), and former Head of the Research Centre for Applied Social Sciences (p. xvi) at the Manchester Metropolitan University. His work focuses on the impact of consumption on the everyday life of individuals. Steven is Editor of the Journal of Consumer Culture and author of Youth Lifestyles in a Changing World (2000), Social Theory in the Real World (2001), and Consumerism as a Way of Life (1998).
G. Cristina Mora
is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies (by courtesy) at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Making Hispanics (University of Chicago Press, 2014) and her articles have appeared in the American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Latino Studies, the Du Bois Review, and elsewhere.
Albert M. Muñiz, Jr.,
is Professor of Marketing at DePaul University. He has researched and published on brands, branding, and consumption collectives for over two decades. His recent publications include “Marketing Artistic Careers: Pablo Picasso as Brand Manager,” with Toby Norris and Gary Alan Fine, in the European Journal of Marketing; “Coconstructing Institutions One Brick at a Time: Appropriation and Deliberation on LEGO Ideas,” with Marie Taillard, in The Routledge Companion to Consumer Behavior; and “The Cocreation of Brands,” with Hope Jensen Schau and Melissa Archpru Akaka, in the SAGE Handbook of Service-Dominant Logic. Professor Muñiz received his BS, MS, and PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Richard E. Ocejo
is Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He is the author of Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy (Princeton University Press, 2017) and Upscaling Downtown: From Bowery Saloons to Cocktail Bars in New York City (Princeton University Press, 2014). His work has appeared in such journals as City & Community, Poetics, and Ethnography. He is also the editor of Ethnography and the City: Readings on Doing Urban Fieldwork (Routledge, 2012), and a co-Book Editor at City & Community. He is Chair-Elect of the Consumers and Consumption Section of the American Sociological Association.
Thomas Clayton Gibson O’Guinn
is the Irwin Maier Distinguished Chair in Business, Department of Marketing Chair, and Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin– Madison. He is the recipient of several research awards, and he is a consumer sociologist known for his work in the consumption patterns of immigrants, the mass-mediated construction of consumer reality, compulsive buying, brand community, social class in consumption contexts, political-business interaction, purchased community and neighborhood, and institutional influence in the social construction of brands. His work is not born of any particular methodology; he has sometimes worked the borders of sociology and social psychology. Recent publications of note have been published in the Journal of Macromarketing, Journal of Consumer Research, International Journal of Research in Marketing, and The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Toronto. She studies how intersecting inequalities shape consumers’ food habits alongside how disparate (p. xvii) methodological tools can be applied to understand them. Her dissertation focuses on family meals and explores the relationship between values, meanings, and practices related to home cooking alongside their implications for the health behaviors of families.
Erika L. Paulson
received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin School of Business, where her research focused on the intersection of social class, social disruption, consumption, and marketing.
is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, where he was named Distinguished-Scholar Teacher and received the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from La Trobe University and the Robin William Lectureship from the Eastern Sociological Society. He has chaired four sections of the American Sociological Association—Theoretical Sociology, Organizations and Occupations, Global and Transnational Sociology, and the History of Sociology. He has published many articles, but he is best known for his monographs dealing with sociological theory, consumption, and globalization. The McDonaldization of Society (9th ed., forthcoming, 2018) has been his most widely read and influential work. There are over a dozen translations of that book and overall his work has been translated into over twenty languages. Most of his writing over the last decade has been in the form of often-cited articles and essays on prosumption.
is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego, where he is also founding faculty of the Halicioğlu Data Science Institute. His books are The Great Surprise of the Small Transformation: Demise of Communism and Rise of the Private Sector in Hungary (Michigan University Press) and Plastic Money: Constructing Markets for Credit Cards in Eight Postcommunist Countries, coauthored with Alya Guseva (Stanford University Press). He has published articles on the postcommunist transition, on small entrepreneurs, consumer credit, and payment card markets in journals, including the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Theory and Society, Socio-Economic Review, Social Science Research, Research on Sociology of Organizations, Journal of Comparative Economics, Research in the Sociology of Work, Historical Social Research, and various chapters in edited volumes.
Juliet B. Schor
is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. She conducts research in the areas of consumption, economic sociology, and environmental sociology. She is the author of numerous books, including The Overworked American (Basic Books 1992), The Overspent American (Basic Books, 1997), and True Wealth (Penguin, 2011). She is currently working on a book about the “sharing economy.”
John W. Schouten
is Canada Research Chair in Social Enterprise at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research falls generally within the realm of consumer culture, with key contributions to theory on consumer identity projects, consumer collectives, market emergence and dynamics, and alternative methods of research. He has recently turned his efforts to understanding social enterprise and facilitating noncorporate solutions to economic resilience, community well-being, and environmental (p. xviii) sustainability. Thanks to Google Scholar™, he feels no need to say more about his research and wishes, instead, to invite you to seek out his poetry and fiction.
is Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School and specializes in historical and sociological approaches to the study of the interactions between markets and organizations. He studied history, history of science, and anthropology and has a PhD in Modern History from Birkbeck College, University of London. Among his publications are an edited volume on postwar motivation research and the consumer researcher Ernest Dichter. His work has been published in Theory, Culture & Society, Marketing Theory, Organization, Management & Organizational History, BioSocieties, Journal of Macromarketing, and Business History.
is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. His research areas are social theory, cities, culture, and cultural policy. He is co-editor of The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy and author of Scenescapes: how qualities of place shape social life. His current research examines the role of arts and culture in city politics, economics, and residential patterns; the enduring political orders of cities; the use of diagrams and figures in social theory; the evolution of urban forms; the meaning and reception of Georg Simmel’s ideas; and the definition and evolution of classics and canons in sociological theory. Additionally, he was editor and co-author of reports on the cultural sectors in Toronto and Chicago: From the Ground Up: Growing Toronto’s Creative Sector, Redefining Public Art in Toronto, and Chicago: Music City.
Jennifer Smith Maguire
is Professor of Cultural Production and Consumption in the Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University. Her research focuses on the construction of markets, tastes, and value, with special attention to the role of cultural intermediaries and representations in shaping notions of cultural legitimacy. She has published widely on the cultural field of fine wine, is the editor of Food Practices and Social Inequality (Routledge, 2018), and coeditor of The Cultural Intermediaries Reader (SAGE, 2014).
is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research explores young people’s identities and the changing nature of consumption as a social and cultural phenomenon through the lens of digital space and social media.
Craig J. Thompson
is Churchill Professor of Marketing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Craig’s research addresses the socio-cultural shaping of consumption practices, the gendering of consumer culture, and the dynamics of power and resistance that are enacted through the marketplace. He is coauthor of The Phenomenology of Everyday Life and coeditor of Sustainable Lifestyles and the Quest for Plenitude: Case Studies of the New Economy and Consumer Culture Theory. Craig is also a Fellow of the Association of Consumer Research.
is Associate Professor in the Department of Management Control at ESCP Europe Business School in Paris. She was previously at the University of Leicester. (p. xix) She received her PhD in Sociology from Columbia University, and she completed postdoctoral work at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, then as LSE Fellow in Accounting at the London School of Economics. Zsuzsanna was Editor of Economic Sociology: The European Electronic Newsletter (2015–2016). Zsuzsanna’s research interests are in the social studies of finance and accounting, and valuation studies, on topics of digital technologies in financial services, management control of selling and advice, mortgage crises and financial regulation, and personalization in consumer markets.
is Associate professor in the Department of Media & Communication in the Erasmus School of History, Culture, and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research is situated at the crossroads of cultural sociology, communication science, and media studies and addresses questions on cultural consumption, cultural globalization, and the impact of new media on cultural evaluation. He has published in leading sociological and communication journals, including American Sociological Review, Poetics, American Behavioral Scientist, European Sociological Review, Communication Research, and New Media & Society. Since January 2015, he is coeditor of Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, Media and the Arts.
is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester. She researches material culture, everyday lives, and consumption and is currently researching Dormant Things in domestic spaces. She is the author of four books, including Why Women Wear What They Wear and Blue Jeans: The Art of the Ordinary (with D. Miller). She is currently working on a book on “Material Methods” for SAGE.
is Associate Professor in the Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies at the University of Warwick. His research interests include taste, cultural policy, and popular culture. He is the author of Understanding Cultural Taste (Palgrave, 2015) and coauthor of Culture, Class Distinction (Routledge, 2009).
is a recipient of the four-year Loyola Academic Scholarship and is also a member of Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International Studies. Kathy has been accepted into Loyola’s accelerated Masters of Public Health program, where she will be graduating with her Masters of Public Health: Health Policy in May 2020. (p. xx)