Prof. Allison Pugh - Marie Jahoda Visiting Professor - Summer term 2013

Allison J. Pugh is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Virginia and received her Ph.D. from the University of California, USA. She analyses the culture of post-industrial working life and family-related uncertainties and their impact on the emotional bonds between parents and children. Her book, Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children and Consumer Culture, won the William J. Goode Book Award from the American Sociological Association, the section concerning sociology of the family, and the Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Sociological Association section on children and youth. Pugh also operates the blog together with other sociologists.

Areas of Expertise

  • Market culture and social inequality
  • Relationship work in families
  • Flexibility and marketisation of boundaries and emotions

Courses and Lectures as Marie Jahoda Visiting Professor
Gender and the Two Sides of the Market: Caregiving, Flexibility and Insecurity
Course, Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum, summer term 2013, Wednesday, 10–12 a.m., GBCF 04/611 (with Prof. Dr. Ilse Lenz)

Gender and the Emotional Geographies of Insecurity
Lecture, Colloquium of the Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum, 19 June 2013, 4–6 p.m., GC 04/45

The Coral Society
Lecture, Cooperation with Migra!, the AStA and the Equal Opportunity Office of the Ruhr University Bochum, 18 June 2013, 6 p.m., Kulturcafé at the Ruhr University Bochum

Cooperation with University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr):

Panel member,Fürsorgearbeit und Erwerbsarbeit
Essen College of Gender Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen, 2 July 2013

Common Sense of Insecurity
Lecture, Faculty of Society and Economics, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, 13 June 2013, 1–3 p.m., 01 EG 005

The “Common Sense” of Insecurity: Cultural Strategies at Work
Lecture, Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, 3 July 2013, 6–8 p.m., U4-120

Selected Publications
Pugh, Allison J. 2013. What Good Are Interviews for Thinking About Culture? Demystifying Interpretive Analysis. American Journal of Cultural Sociology 1 (1): 42–68.

Pugh, Allison J. 2011. Distinction, Boundaries or Bridges? Children, Inequality and the Uses of Consumer Culture. Poetics, 39 (1): 1–18.

Pugh, Allison J. 2009. Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children and Consumer Culture. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Pugh, Allison J. 2005. Selling Compromise: Toys, Motherhood and the Cultural Deal. Gender & Society 19 (6): 729–749.