Objects of Ambivalence and Anxiety: Home Renovation and Conflicts about Privilege among Wealthy New Yorkers
Rachel Sherman is Associate Professor of Sociology at The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College. Her work has focused centrally on issues of social class, culture, service labor, and consumption in the contemporary U.S.
Her first book, Class Acts (University of California Press, 2007) is an ethnographic study of the management of inequality in two urban luxury hotels. Her current book project, Conflicted Consumption: Lifestyle Choices and the Experience of Privilege, a study of consumption in wealthy New York families, is under contract with Princeton University Press.
Rachel Sherman has taught at Yale and been a Visiting Scholar at both the Institute for Public Knowledge and the Center for Advanced Social Science Research. Her writing has appeared in many academic journals, including Public Culture, Ethnography, and Theory and Society.