Thursday, September 8, 2011

Headline: America's Next Top Sociologist (from Slate)

Reblog from Slate
America's Next Top Sociologist 
A daylong photo shoot for Vogue pays only $150, women are like milk cartons, and other insights from the academic study of modeling.
By Libby Copeland 
Posted Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at 1:06 PM ET
Ashley Mears. Click image to expand.There's a long tradition among academics of embedding in an occupation to study it. In the middle of the last century, social psychologist Marie Jahoda worked in an English paper factory to learn about about the lives of factory girls. More recently, sociologist Loïc Wacquant studied boxers by becoming one, while Sudhir Venkatesh spent seven years with a gang in the Chicago projects. One academic worked as a cotton picker, another entered prison as an inmateAshley Mears embedded as a model. (Click for more...)

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