4th December 2012

New directions in consumption and consumer studies

An invitation to submit papers to a session on consumer research at the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) meeting in Victoria at the University of Toronto.

See the information and links to the conference website and call for papers below for more information. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2013.

Call for papers

Canadian Sociological Association: Annual Conference Call for Papers

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2013

The 48th Annual Conference of the CSA will be held from Monday, June 3 through to Saturday, June 8, 2013 as part of the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, this year taking place at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia.

2013 CSA Conference Sessions

The CSA Conference committee had an overwhelming response to our Call for Sessions. The list of sessions open to paper submissions is now available under ‘Organized Sessions’. Papers must be submitted to a specific session or sessions through our online conference system.

New directions in consumption and consumer studies

Sociologists have always dabbled with the study of consumption, yet this area has remained relatively peripheral to the discipline. Though early sociologists, like Marx and Weber, took an interest in the study of consumption, many constructive and creative approaches towards the study of consumption have come out of more specialized areas, like feminist or cultural studies. The growing field of culture in mainstream sociology has led to a re-examination of consumption issues within the discipline more generally, and perhaps even indicates a “consumption turn” in cultural sociology. For this session, we seek to showcase scholarship on consumer culture; approaches can be those that look to expand disciplinary boundaries, or rejuvenate classic sociological traditions. Potential paper topics include (but are not restricted to) ethical consumption, the politics of consumption, shopping, food and consumption, consumer culture, consuming bodies, identity and consumption, “edgy” or unconventional consumption, consumer trends, etc.

Session Organizer: Sarah Cappeliez, PhD Student, University of Toronto,
Session Co-organizer: Josée Johnston, University of Toronto,

Session Code: SCul5

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