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    Rachel Heiman

    Associate Professor

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    Rachel Heiman received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the relationship between the habits, desires, and sentiments of everyday life and the volatility of cultural, political, and economic conditions. Her first book, Rugged Entitlement: Driving After Class in an American Suburb (University of California Press, under contract) explores middle-class anxieties and suburban life in the United States during the economic boom of the late 1990s. Her second book, The Global Middle Classes: Theorizing Through Ethnography (School for Advanced Research Press, in production) is a co-edited volume (with Carla Freeman & Mark Liechty) of ethnographic research on the middle classes from a global perspective. Her current project explores the changing nature of domestic space and family life in the United States amid efforts to retrofit suburbia for a sustainable future. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM and the Russell Sage Foundation in New York 

    Recent Publications

    Rugged Entitlement: Driving After Class in an American Suburb. Berkeley: University of California Press (under contract, Series in Public Anthropology).

    The Global Middle Classes: Theorizing Through Ethnography. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press (in production, Advanced Seminar Series, co-edited with Carla Freeman & Mark Liechty).

    “Introduction” in The Global Middle Classes: Theorizing Through Ethnography, eds. Rachel Heiman, Carla Freeman, and Mark Liechty. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press (in production, Advanced Seminar Series, co-authored with Mark Liechty & Carla Freeman).

    “Gate Expectations: Discursive Displacement of the ‘Old Middle Class’ in an American Suburb” in The Global Middle Classes: Theorizing Through Ethnography, eds. Rachel Heiman, Carla Freeman, and Mark Liechty. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press (in production, Advanced Seminar Series).

    “‘At Risk’ for Becoming Neoliberal Subjects: Rethinking the ‘Normal’ Middle-Class Family,” in Childhood, Youth, and Social Work in Transformation, eds. Lynn Nybell, Jeffrey Shook and Janet L. Finn (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009), pp. 301-313.

    “Book Review of Fast Cars, Cool Rides: The Accelerating World of Youth and Their Cars, by Amy Best,” Journal of Consumer Culture 7 (November 2007): 413-415.

    “The Last Days of Low-Density Living: Suburbs and the End of Oil,” Built Environment 32 (May 2007): 213-226.

    “The Ironic Contradictions in the Discourse on Generation X, or How ‘Slackers’ are Saving Capitalism,” Childhood 8 (May 2001): 275-293.

    “Vehicles for Rugged Entitlement: Teenagers, Sport-Utility Vehicles, and the Suburban Upper-Middle Class,” New Jersey History 118 (Fall/Winter 2000): 22-33.

    Research Interests

    Class anxieties, subject information, suburban life, habits of affect, structures of sentiment, the consumption of class security, racial and spatial politics of class, zoning and the built environment, ethnography and ethnographic writing, youth culture and family life, United States, global middle classes.

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