George Ritzer: SCORAI Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change

May 6, 2015: George Ritzer, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, author of The McDonaldization of Society, spoke on his theory of prosumption and “prosumer capitalism”. He argues that while prosumption implies democratization and empowerment, the new world of prosumption (including “smart” prosuming machines) has, to a large degree, been captured and Read more about George Ritzer: SCORAI Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change[…]

Dorothy Holland: SCORAI Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change

March 11, 2015: Dorothy Holland, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and coauthor of Identity and Agency in Cultural Worlds and History in Person: Enduring Struggles, Contentious Practice, Intimate Identities, spoke about the complexity and significance of grassroots activism for a transition to a post-consumerist society. Dorothy Holland’s Read more about Dorothy Holland: SCORAI Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change[…]

Erik Olin Wright: SCORAI Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change

Erik Olin Wright, Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, talks about proposals and models of radical social change, drawing on his Real Utopias Project. The expansion of markets and pressures for endless growth in material consumption are not contingent features of a dynamic capitalist economy; they are intrinsic to an economy rooted in the Read more about Erik Olin Wright: SCORAI Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change[…]

Douglas Holt: SCORAI Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change

In his presentation ‘New Great Transition Strategies’ Douglas Holt argues that despite civil society and government devoting huge amounts of resources toward sustainable consumption and sustainable economy, their efforts over the last 25 years have failed, mainly due to theoretically-flawed models. Holt’s recent work critiques these conventional strategies, points out conceptual problems, and proposes new Read more about Douglas Holt: SCORAI Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change[…]

Juliet Schor: SCORAI Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change

Professor of Sociology at Boston College, Juliet Schor, discusses her research into what has become known as the sharing economy. In her presentation, The Sharing Economy:Paradoxes of openness and distinction, Professor Schor addresses some of the claims that have been made about the sharing economy, such as: enhancing economic opportunities, spreading wealth, introducing a fundamentally Read more about Juliet Schor: SCORAI Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change[…]

John Sterman: SCORAI Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change

In his presentation ‘Cultural Change to Sustainable Consumption: A dynamic systems perspective’, John Sterman, the Jay Forrester Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, spoke about the cultural shift toward sustainable consumption form the perspective of dynamic systems. Professor Sterman uses dynamic models to better understand our unsustainable economic system, to help Read more about John Sterman: SCORAI Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change[…]

Claus Offe: SCORAI Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change

Claus Offe, Professor of Political Science at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany, discussed recent changes in consumption patterns, owing to decreasing household wealth, and the responses to these changes by the state and capital. Claus Offe’s Presentation Claus Offe Discussion For more SCORAI videos please go to: www.youtube.com/scoraiorg/videos Commentary and Blogs The following Read more about Claus Offe: SCORAI Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change[…]