Laurie Essig, Ph.D., is a professor of sociology and gender studies at Middlebury College. She is the author of American Plastic: Boob Jobs, Credit Cards, and Our Quest for Perfection.
Love, Inc. is about the intersection of emotions and capitalism. Human emotions may be more or less universal, but how they are acted upon is firmly rooted in particular histories, cultures, and economies. In the US, how we feel is always a potential source of profit- from big white weddings to porn to romantic comedies. This blog is about emotions and the industries that profit from them.
Social Studies is a blog about how the social world works. As a professor of sociology and gender studies, Ihave been trained to see patterns and structures in all aspects of our daily lives. By looking at these patterns, we can get a much clearer idea of how the personal is always political, the political personal and what seems like the most individual of paths is always one that was laid out for us long before we were born.