David J. Alworth is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Chicago. This essay is adapted from a longer project, titled “The Site of the Social: Supermarkets, Landfills, Roads, and Ruins.”
Tony Bennett is Professor of Social and Cultural Theory in the Centre for Cultural Research at the University of Western Sydney. He is a Visiting Professor at the Open University and the University of Melbourne, and is coeditor of the Journal of Cultural Economy. His recent publications include Bennett et al, Culture, Class, Distinction (2009) and Material Powers: Cultural Studies, History and the Material Turn (2010), coedited with Patrick Joyce.
Timothy Brennan is Professor of Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, and English at the University of Minnesota. His most recent books include Wars of Position: The Cultural Politics of Left and Right (2006), Empire in Different Colors (2007), and Secular Devotion: Afro-Latin Music and Imperial Jazz (2008). His essays on literature, cultural politics, American intellectuals, and colonialism have appeared in numerous publications, including The Nation, the Times Literary Supplement, The Toronto Star, New Left Review, Critical Inquiry, and the London Review of Books.
Shai M. Dromi is a PhD student at the Department of Sociology at Yale University and a junior fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology. His research interests include the sociology of emotions, urban sociology, and the sociology of morality.
James F. English is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Penn Humanities Forum. He is the author of The Economy of Prestige: Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value (2005) and editor of the Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction (2006). Two books are in preparation: The Global Future of English Studies addresses the fate of English as a discipline in the age of worldwide mass higher education; Translated From the English maps a new global geography of British culture.
Elaine Freedgood, professor of English at New York University, is the author of Victorian Writing about Risk: Imagining a Safe England in a Dangerous World (2000) and The Ideas in Things: Fugitive Meaning in the Victorian Novel (2006), and the editor of Factory Production in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2003). [End Page 467]
John Frow is Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Melbourne and the author of a number of books including, most recently, Time and Commodity Culture (1997), Genre (2006), and the Sage Handbook of Cultural Analysis (2008,) which he coedited with Tony Bennett.
Eva Illouz is the Rose Isaac Professor of Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of the Center for the Study of Rationality. Her recent publications include Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery: An Essay on Popular Culture (2003), Cold Intimacies: The Making of Emotional Capitalism (2007), and Saving the Modern Soul: Therapy, Emotions, and the Culture of Self-Help (2008). She is finishing a book entitled Why Love Hurts.
Bernard Lahire is Professor of Sociology at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, director of the Groupe de Recherche sur la Socialisation, and a former member of the Institut Universitaire de France (1995–2000). He has been the editor of the series “Laboratoire des sciences socials” since 2002 and is the author of many books, including, most recently, The Plural Actor (2010) and Franz Kafka: Éléments pour une théorie de la création littéraire (2010).
Heather Love is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (2007) and the editor of a special issue of GLQ on the work and legacy of Gayle Rubin. She is currently working on a book on the source materials for Erving Goffman’s sociological classic, Stigma: On the Management of Spoiled Identity.
Mark McGurl is Professor of English at UCLA. His most recent book is The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing (2009).
Michèle Richman, professor of French at the University of Pennsylvania, has published on Georges Bataille and other prominent intellectuals close to the French School of Sociology. Her current research projects examine the relevance of their ideas to religious studies and theories...