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Dr. Ben Brewer

Associate Professor of Sociology                                   Sociology Program Coordinator

 

   Office Location: Sheldon 212
   Phone: (540) 568-7391
   E-mail: brewerbd (at) jmu (dot) edu

Education:

Ph.D. (Sociology), The Johns Hopkins University

M.A. (Sociology), The Johns Hopkins University

B.A. (Sociology), University of California at Santa Cruz

Teaching:

  • Social Issues in a Global Context
  • Introduction to Developing Societies
  • Sociological Inquiry
  • Markets, Capitalism and Crisis

Research:

World-Systems Analysis, Economic Sociology, Commodity Chain Analysis, Globalization, Development and Global Inequalities, the Sport and Culture Industries.

Publications:

2011. "Global Commodity Chains and World Income Inequalities: The 'Upgrading' Paradox and the Missing Link of Inequality," Journal of World-Systems Research.

2011. "The Long Twentieth Century and the Cultural Turn: World-Historical Origins of the Cultural Economy," Journal of World-Systems Research.

2005. “Industrial Convergence and the North-South Income Divide: A Rejoinder to Firebaugh (2004)” with Giovanni Arrighi and Beverly J. Silver, Studies in Comparative International Development.

2003. “Industrial Convergence and the Persistence of the North-South Divide” & "Response to Alice Amsden" with Giovanni Arrighi and Beverly J. Silver, Studies in Comparative International Development.

2002. “Commercialization in Professional Cycling 1950-2000: Institutional Transformations and the Rationalization of ‘Doping,’” Sociology of Sport Journal.

2000. “Trade Globalization since 1795: Waves of Integration in the World-System,” with Christopher Chase-Dunn and Yukio Kawano, American Sociological Review.

Current Projects:

"Switching Fields: Soccer, Globalization and the North-South Divide" book manuscript under revision.

"Global Commodity Chains & the Organizational Grounding of Consumer Cultural Production" article manuscript under reconsideration after revise and resubmit.

Comparative analysis of the commercialization of sport.