Global Consumption: Politics, Culture, Practice
The ASA Sociology of Consumers and Consumption Section (http://www.asanet.org/sections/consumers.cfm) is sponsoring a one-day conference on Global Consumption: Politics, Culture, Practice to be held on the campus of the University of Denver, Thursday August 16, 2012.
Consumption processes have not been and cannot be contained within national borders or cultural identities. Transnational flows of people, goods, images and information complicate any simple identification of the meaning of things and implicate a complex politics regarding the production, consumption, exchange and use of goods. Long identified in sociological theory with development and underdevelopment, global markets today insinuate themselves in the everyday lives of those in the Global North as well as in the majority nations and contexts of the South.
The implications and trajectories of the ever-widening vistas of globalization of consumption are vast, cross-cutting and emergent. Globalized goods and meanings can replace traditional practices as well as integrate with and enhance them; they allow for connections and alliances across language and culture while, at the same time, favor particular versions of social relations that undermine the particular. Transnational flows of information and things can, at once, legitimate the politics of single-minded consumer capitalism and, as well, pose and enable alternatives to the social, economic and environmental costs of unchecked consumerism.
We are excited to have a panel of distinguished scholars who will highlight the program with a lively discussion of the conference theme:
Juliet Schor, Boston College;Tuba Üstüner, Colorado State University;
Sharon Zukin, Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center.
DU is about 8 miles south of downtown where the ASA hotels are located, but the good news is that there is very easy access to campus from those hotels via public transportation. The Hyatt Regency (ASA headquarters) is at 650 15th street. One block northeast of that hotel is the 16th street mall. Attendees can catch the free 16th street mall bus shuttle there , which will take them directly to Union Station (about a five minute ride). From there, the E-line light rail provides non-stop access to the DU light rail station (about a 12 minute ride). From there, it's about a five block walk to the south on High Street to reach Asbury, and then one block to the east to reach Sturm Hall.
La Quinta Inn Denver Cherry Creek (1.0 mi E of DU, approximately $72 per night)
1975 South Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO
Fairfield Inn & Suites Denver Cherry Creek (1.2 mi NE of DU, approximately $100 per night)
1680 South Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO
Courtyard Denver Cherry Creek (1.4 mi NE of DU, approximately $130 per night)
1475 South Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO
The light rail system is the best option to get to the conference from the ASA hotel hotels. Light rail system map and portal to light rail schedules:
Please note: You'll want to use the following intersection as your destination: East Asbury Ave. and South Race St.
For those who will be driving, there is convenient and relatively cheap parking in a lot directly across from the building on the SW corner of the same intersection.
Contact Dan Cook (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions about the conference or membership in the Consumers and Consumption section. Also, visit the Consumers and Consumption website http://www.asanet.org/sections/consumers.cfm for updates on the conference.
University of Denver - Sturm Hall (View)
2199 S University Blvd
Denver, CO 80208