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The Dynamics of the Microbrewing Industry in the U.S.

by Paul-Brian McInerney & Ann Tünde Cserpes We analyzed country-level representative data provided by the Brewers Association to find three classes of microbrewers that best describe the current state of the industry. We identify them as established, up and coming, … Continue reading

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Tactics, causes, and theory: Who gets to define what counts as “activism”?

by Carla Ilten Recently, I gave a presentation at Theorizing the Web 14 in New York. It was entitled: “Activism 2.0: The Politics and Business of Platforms Built for Social Change.” When the presentation got sorted into a panel called … Continue reading

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American Federation of Teachers Conference Highlights Commercialization of Higher Ed

by Lydia Hou The American Federation of Teachers 2014 Conference was held April 11-13 in Baltimore Maryland, offering numerous panels and keynote speakers exploring concerns and advancements of higher education in the United States. Some notable individuals who presented research … Continue reading

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Cultural Patrimony versus Monetary Debt: What are “Public Goods” Worth?

by Claire Smith What is the value of art?  Does it have different value when it is under public ownership?  Art is something that defies standard valuation metrics of commodities as it holds value beyond a market-driven price.  Symbolic meaning … Continue reading

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Chicago Ethnography Conference 2014: elite parties, youth empowerment, and lots of economic relational work

by Carla Ilten The Organizational Dynamics course we are currently working through at UIC has introduced me to a mind-blowing range of theories around value, both economic and social, and relationality. Not surprisingly, this is the lens through which I … Continue reading

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XXXIV Sunbelt Conference: Picking up new methods on the beach

by Tünde Cserpes The perks of academia: the XXXIV Sunbelt Social Networks Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) made me leave the Chicago winter to spend a week in sunny St Pete Beach, Florida. The conference … Continue reading

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Art, a Weapon of the Weak?

by Michael De Anda Muñiz As part of preliminary research for my dissertation, I have been working with local artist Maria Gaspar, who is part of a public arts project that is focused on the Cook County Jail. The aim … Continue reading

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