PhD

Economic Sociology Seminars

 Seminars take place on Wednesdays 4:00-5:30 p.m in room E62-350 and also over Zoom unless otherwise noted. Please contact Ryan Harrington (ryanharr@mit.edu) for additional details, or to request to be placed on our mailing list. 

Fall 2022

  • September 14, 2022 VIA ZOOM

    Angele Christin

    Job experience, gender, and the application decision: A within-individual analysis.

    The content that circulates on social media platforms often features “drama,” or acrimonious interpersonal exchanges and inflammatory takes involving highly popular users. This article adapts field theory to examine the dynamics structuring these exchanges, which I analyze as contentious position-takings within fields of social media production, created and mediated by social media platforms. To demonstrate the relevance of this framework for the study of social media content, I draw on a qualitative study of vegan influencers on YouTube and Instagram. Two pathways shape the structuration of fields of social media production: drama, or highly publicized scandals and interpersonal conflicts between influencers; and extreme content, in which influencers and users reinforce their shared worldviews through niche and inflammatory content. I conclude by discussing the relevance of field theory for the study of social media exchanges more broadly. 


     

  • September 28, 2022

    Ken-Hou Lin, UMass Amherst

  • October 12, 2022

    Brayden King, Northwestern

    Environmental Protests, Shareholder Activism, and the Struggle for Corporate Autonomy.


     

     

     


     

     

     

  • October 26, 20212

    Manvir Singh, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse

    The role of third parties in maintaining social order in small-scale societies.