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Posted By Administration, Monday, July 3, 2017


(Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love: Gender, Social Media, and Aspirational Work (Yale University Press) 
Congrats to Brooke Duffy on her new book!  

Amidst profound transformations in our digital society, legions of young women are turning to social media platforms—from blogs to YouTube to Instagram—in hopes of channeling their talents into fulfilling careers. In this eye opening book, Brooke Erin Duffy draws much needed attention to the gap between the handful who secure lucrative work as “influencers”—and the rest, whose passion projects amount to free labor for corporate brands. Drawing on interviews and fieldwork, Duffy offers fascinating insights into the work and lives of fashion bloggers, beauty vloggers, designers, and more. She connects their activities to larger shifts in unpaid and gendered labor, offering a lens through which to understand, anticipate, and critique broader transformations in the creative economy. At a moment when social media offer the rousing assurance that anyone can “make it”—and stand out among freelancers, temps, and gig workers—Duffy urges us to consider the stakes of not getting paid to do what you love. 

“Duffy chronicles, with clarity and compassion, what she calls “aspirational labor”—an intoxicating desire to forego the realities of today’s soulless and uncertain labor market for the allure of a more soulful connection to meaningful work. Using today’s dizzying world of social media microcelebrity to make her case, Duffy accomplishes that rare thing: advances theory with elegance, challenging all easy reads of late capitalism, while helping readers see themselves in the book’s careful, detailed accounts of people’s lives.”—Mary L. Gray, Indiana University and Microsoft Research 
“A fascinating, meticulously researched study that shows how these creative women exemplify modern workers. Her lessons are essential for all those interested in fashion studies, gender studies, and the creative economy.”—Angela McRobbie, author of Be Creative: Making a Living in the New Culture Industries 
“Duffy is an excellent guide to the contemporary anxieties of aspirational labor, showing both the very calculated nature of investments these women are trying to make in their futures, while pointing to the larger social forces that shape and constrict their possibilities.”—Gina Neff, author of Venture Labor 
“Duffy’s critically astute study reveals the intersection of pleasure and power in contemporary capitalism and clearly articulates an essential new perspective on digital labor.”— Kylie Jarrett, author of The Digital Housewife 
“This rich, original, and insightful book introduces a new concept—aspirational labor—for thinking about contemporary creative work and shows how gender and social media are intimately entangled with it. Highly recommended!”—Rosalind Gill, author of Gender and the Media 
“A necessary antidote. Duffy deftly reveals the sweat of young women content creators, offering a new perspective on gender and the digital economy.”—Leslie Regan Shade, University of Toronto 
“This immensely valuable book reveals the trapdoor for female workers who pursue their talents on social media. Duffy expertly dissects a system which attracts many, rewards a few, and exploits the rest.”— Andrew Ross, author of Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times 
“Smart and original. Drawing on fieldwork and interviews with fashion bloggers and vloggers, Duffy unpacks the pressures of self-branding, status-seeking, and audience-building inherent in the gendered struggle to get paid doing what you love.”—Laura Grindstaff, author of The Money Shot 
“This insightful account will resonate with anyone who has ever sought to turn personal passions into wage-earning employment, juggled multiple part-time gigs, or struggled to fit pleasurable hobbies around a ‘real’ job or jobs.”—Library Journal, starred review 
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Patricia G. Lange has been promoted to Associate Professor of Critical Studies at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. 


Donal Carbaugh has published two books:

Handbook of Communication in Cross-Cultural Perspective (editor). 

Reporting cultures on 60 Minutes: Missing the Finnish line in an American broadcast (with Michael Berry). 


Sydney (Hsin-I) Yueh has published a book: Identity Politics and Popular Culture in Taiwan: A Sajiao Generation (Lexington, 2017)


Letizia Caronia has published the following recent articles: 

Caronia, L. Chieregato, A.& Saglietti, M. (2017). Assembling (non) treatable cases: The communicative constitution of medical object in doctor-doctor interaction. Discourse Studies, 19, 30 – 48.

Caronia, L..& Chieregato, A. (2016). Polyphony in a ward: Tracking professional theories in members’ dialogues. Language and Dialogue, 6, 395 – 421.

Galatolo R., Vassallo, E. & Caronia, L. (2015). “Je m’en mets toute seule”: Séquences d’étayage dans les repas de famille. Bulletin Suisse de Linguistique Appliquee, 101, pp. 117 - 135

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