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Principles of Pivoting Careers with Fashion Model turned Sociologist with Dr. Ashley Mears

Principles of Pivoting Careers with Fashion Model turned Sociologist with Dr. Ashley Mears

In this podcast we cover -

1. Mental models on bad jobs and great careers.

2. Nuances of ethnographic study when you are both the subject and the researcher.

3. The experience economy and bodily capital in the world of night clubs.

Dr. Ashley Mears in her own words - 

"Working primarily at the intersections of economic and cultural sociology and gender, I study how societies value people and things.  I research value and exchange in the context of labor, beauty, free stuff, elites, consumption, and social media, and I have written on theory and qualitative methods.  My work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, and featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Economist, NPR, the BBC, and Chinese Cosmo, among others.

I received my BA in sociology from the University of Georgia in 2002, and my PhD in sociology at New York University in 2009.  I have held visiting positions at the University of Amsterdam and the Central European University in Budapest.  In 2021-22, I was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Budapest. I serve on the editorial boards of American Sociological Review and Qualitative Sociology.

I am a co-founder of the Ethnographic Cafe and BU's Precarity Lab."

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