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Faculty Directory » Patricia Arend

Behavioral Sciences

Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2017
Wednesday 10:30-noon
Friday 2:00-3:30pm or by appointment

Office Information:

Room Number: McKay 208
Phone: 978-665-3608
Email: parend@fitchburgstate.edu

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1100)
Basic Skills of Social Research (SOC 3130)
Urban Sociology (SOC 2440)
Gender and Society
Consumer Society (SOC 2010)
Gender and Consumer Society
Love, Intimacy and Human Sexuality
Sociology of Family (SOC 2630)
Violence in Families
Mass Media in American Society

Gender, Sexuality and Society
Sociology of Organizations (SOC 2650)
Women in American Society (SOC 3770)
Sociology of Education (SOC 2800)

Education:

Ph.D. Boston College, Sociology
M.A. Northeastern University, Sociology
Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, Northeastern University
B.A. The University of Dayton

Research Interests:

Relationships between gender inequality and consumer society
The popularity of the white wedding in an age of growing gender equality
Consumption and environmental sustainability

Current Projects:

Dream Weddings: Fantasy, Femininity and Consumer Desire: unpacks the paradox of the popularity of the white wedding in an era of growing gender equality through the use of qualitative research on women’s subjectivity and subconscious experience

Representative Publications:

Culture, Power, and History: Studies in Critical Sociology. co-editor with Stephen Pfohl et al (Brill Academic Publishers, 2005).
“Commercialized Weddings,” Journal of Consumer Culture, 5:1, pp. 109-114, 2005.

Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Patricia Arend, “Opting for White: Choice, Fluidity and Racial Identity Construction in Multiracial America,” Race and Society, 5:1, pp. 49-64, 2003.

“(Inter)disciplining Chinese Women: An Introduction to the English Language Literature on Women’s Studies in China,” Wisconsin Bibliographies in Women’s Studies Number 81, Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Women’s Studies Librarian, http://womenst.library.wisc.edu/bibliogs/chinaws.html, 2000.

"Gender and Advertising," Invited book chapter for Gender and Pop Culture: A Text/Reader, Edited by Patricia Leavy and Adrienne Trier-Bieniek for Sense Publishers, Rotterdam: The Netherlands, 2014.

"Weddings," Invited encyclopedia entry for The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies, Edited by Daniel Cook and J. Michael Ryan, forthcoming.

"Consumption as Common Sense: Heteronormative Hegemony and White Wedding Desire," Journal of Consumer Culture, Published online before print February 17, 2014, doi: 10.1177/1469540514521076.

Professional Affiliations:

American Sociological Association
Eastern Sociological Society
National Women’s Studies Association
Society for the Study of Social Problems
Sociologists for Women in Society