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Spring 2018-2019
SOC 540   P/D/F Only

Topics in Economic and Organizational Sociology (Half-Term) - Consumption, Marketing and Inequality

Frederick Wherry

Introduction to the sociological analysis of consumption and marketing processes. Course investigates advertising, consumption, and its unequal distributions by race, class, gender, and sexuality. After a general discussion of consumption theories and marketing studies, the course surveys how racial and ethnic inequalities generate and respond to consumption with important consequences for long-term disadvantages marginalized groups experience. Overall, the course attempts to strengthen intellectual bridges between economic sociology and consumption studies, while emphasizing consumption as a reflection and driver of inequality.

Sample reading list:
Nina Bandelj, Frederick F. Wherry, Viviana Zelizer, Money Talks: How Money Really Works
Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider, The Financial Diaries
Allison Pugh, Consumption as Care and Belonging
Thomas M. Shapiro, Toxic Inequality
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Other (See Instructor) - 100%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
This course that meets from 2/5/19 to 3/12/19. Non-Sociology graduate students wishing to receive a grade for this course must submit a completed Graduate Student Enrollment Change Form located at the following URL:

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40031 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:30:00 pm T   Wallace Hall   190   Enrolled:2 Limit:20