Four Questions for Angèle Christin

Bo Yun Park (University of California, Berkeley) interviews Angèle Christin (Stanford University) about her book, Metrics at Work Tell us a little about yourself, your research, and any info on your future career plans you’d like to share.  These days I usually define myself as an ethnographer of work and technology, mostly because I spend a lot of time with computer scientists and engineers in … Continue reading Four Questions for Angèle Christin

Research Highlights

Licheng Qian (University of Macau) The study of “difficult past” in Western/democratic societies has contributed insightful theories to our understanding of memory, politics, and culture. Yet is “difficult past” remembered and used differently in an authoritarian context? How can one consume a difficult past unacknowledged by the authoritarian state? By analyzing the consumption of Chairman Mao symbols in contemporary China, this article explores the memory … Continue reading Research Highlights

New Book Summary

Claude Rosental. 2021. The Demonstration Society. Cambridge (MA): MIT Press YouTube demos of makeup products by famous influencers, demonstrations of strength during street protests, demonstrations of military might in North Korea: public demonstrations are omnipresent in social life. Yet they are often perceived as isolated events, unworthy of systematic examination. In The Demonstration Society, Claude Rosental explores the underlying dynamics of what he calls a … Continue reading New Book Summary

Book Review

Scripting the Moves Golann, J. W. 2021. Scripting the Moves: Culture and Control in a” No-Excuses” Charter School. Princeton University Press Reviewed by Peter Francis Harvey (University of Pennsylvania) During Monty Python’s classic comedy movie, The Life of Brian, the titular character wakes one morning to find an enormous, adoring crowd camped outside his window. Believing him to be the messiah, they call in unison for … Continue reading Book Review

ASA Culture Section 2021

Summary of ASA Panels A. Report on Panel New Perspectives in Sociology of Art and Music: BIPOC Artists and Creative Agency Organized by Fiona Greenland (University of Virginia)and Patricia Banks (Mount Holyoke College) Race has historically been a neglected topic in sociology of art. Studies of how art is produced, evaluated, collected, and displayed have typically had little to say on the contributions of racialized … Continue reading ASA Culture Section 2021