CFP - Transnational Fields of Production and Consumption (International Sociological Association, July 15-21, 2018, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

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Call for Papers
September 30, 2017
Ontario, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Social Sciences, Sociology

Dear colleagues,

Apologies for cross-posting. Please consider submitting an abstract to the International Sociological Association Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July 15-21, 2018). Deadline for abstract is September 30, 2018 24:00 GMT. CFP and submission info below.


Transnational Fields of Production and Consumption
RC14 Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture (host committee)
Language: English

According to Meulemen and Savage (2013: 232), Bourdieu’s work on cultural consumption employs a “Franco-centric” model of cultural hierarchy, and most empirical studies of cultural consumption still focus on nationally-based fields (Meulemen and Savage 2013). This emphasis on the national at the expense of the transnational has been repeated in many analyses of cultural production. For example, many previous Bourdieusian analyses of popular music focus on fields at the local and/or national level of analysis and do not focus on the diasporic and/or transnational character of fields.

There is a growing literature that focuses on the transnational elements of cultural production and consumption. Examples include: Go (2008) on global fields and global arenas, Fligstein and McAdam (2012) on strategic action fields, Meuleman and Savage (2013) on transnationality and highbrow consumption in the Netherlands, Savage and Silva (2013) on field analysis in cultural sociology, Kuipers (2011) on the role of cultural intermediaries in the cultural globalization of television as a transnational cultural field, and Verboord, Kuipers, and Janssen (2015) on institutional recognition in the transnational literary field.

This session is interested in studies of cultural production and/or consumption that highlight the transnational character of fields. How can transnational analyses of production and/or consumption enrich our understandings of fields? What are the advantages and/or disadvantages in transnational studies of production and/or consumption? Of particular interest are studies that focus on popular culture broadly defined (music, food, fashion, literature, etc.), although all empirical subject areas are welcome.

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Athena Elafros

Assistant Professor of Sociology

University of Lethbridge

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