More Economic Soc. bullcrap

Posted: April 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

Pick 1 of the 3 sites of consumption that Zelizer identifies
as important in “Culture & Consumption.” Describe the
research within that site & discuss how that research
challenges economic sociology.


-central sites of production, distribution, and consumption
-Marjorie DeVault (1991) analysis of feeding work shows social traces of households most fundamental economic activities.
– largely invisible, unpaid labor of planning, shopping, preparing meals involves constant- constant- and often contested negotiations of family relationships.
-interviews 30 households in Chicago area, reporting on the women striving to match meals with expeced definitions of husband-wife or mother-child relationships.
-each respondent produces a family in a local setting, adjusting, filling in, and repairing social relations to produce this kind of household life.
-Not all household relations of consumption generate harmony and collaboration (Nightingale study) in Philadelphia inner city found contests over how to spend limited family monies like tax refunds or welfare checks; parents unable to provide children with material kids: conflict.
– Thus consumption in households takes place in context of negotiation, sometimes cooperative, other times full of conflict or anger.
-Bourdeiu and interactions between buyers and sellers of homes. (triple negotiations id, story, credit)
– multiple parties involved credit agencies friends, families
-state as a guarantor
– bargaining involves manipulation and personalization; housing market far from being static, cuz buyers/ sellers create unanticipated outcomes.
DiMaggio and Louch examined pre-existing noncommercial ties between buyers and sellers in consumer transactions in buying cars homes and services, found high incidence of within network exchanges.
-Consumers will be more likely to to rely on noncommercial ties when they are unsure about the outcome.
-Finally, Kligman and associates: East & West Germany’s socialist regime comparitive research B4 and after unification. Ppl depended more on personal relationships than cash. Network created through gift exchanges bribes and barter trade. After fall in Berlin, social relations changed.

How consumption challenges econominc soc.
– started oiut just looking at production and distribution rather than consumption.

-extension theories combine economic rational behavior with social phenomena such as sporting competition and household behavior.
– context theories

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