SOCIOLOGIST OF CULTURE, WORK, AND INEQUALITY

PHILLIPA K. CHONG

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NEW BOOK COMING WITH PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS

BOOK REVIEWING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

 
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ARTICLES & PUBLICATIONS

 

NEW BOOK: INSIDE THE CRITICS’ CIRCLE

How and why critics do what they do as the cultural terrain is shifting below their feet.

WHAT IS AN ETHNIC-WRITER?

Exploring when the race, ethnicity, and/or nationality of novelists are singled out by critics in reviews and the consequences this can have for how books are valued.

THE POLITICS OF MEAN REVIEWS

Exploring the tensions and temptations that come with writing negative reviews.

 

A SCIENTIFIC METHOD FOR BOOK REVIEWING?

Book critics explain how they concretely go about reading and assessing novels. Taste may be irrational, but reviewers are not.

IS SUBJECTIVITY THE ENEMY OF JOURNALISM?

Bias, emotions, and self-interest as tools in arts reporting.

WHAT COMES AFTER BOURDIEU?

A new agenda for understanding evaluation in art: A post-Bourdieusian sociology of valuation and evaluation for the field of cultural production.

 

EVERYONE’S A CRITIC?

Openness as a Means to Closure in Cultural Journalism.

THE POWER OF PERSONAS

A look at the world of celebrity chefs and the ways men and women craft their creative identities.

GENDER, SKILL, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Who and what do we value when we work for ourselves?

 
 

Let’s CONNECT

I freelance/consult on issues related to creative industries, evaluation processes, and consumer insights.  My past clients include corporate entities, such as Yum! Brands (the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell) and public thinktanks.  I work with clients to offer bespoke, culturally embedded, and data-driven understandings of the social world to help inform their strategies and engage in problem-solving.

 
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