Author Archives: Andrea Voyer

The Etiquette of Inequality in Democratic Spaces

I am happy to announce that the Russell Sage Foundation is supporting one of my new research undertakings:

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Easter egg brownie

One of our favorite traditions in Montpelier is the annual egg hunt in Hubbard Park. It is usually cool and muddy with at least a bit of snow left of the ground and, most years it seems, snow or rain … Continue reading

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Manhattan and Montpelier

We have been New York residents for nearly 18 months, less the significant time we spend at our house in Montpelier, Vermont. I love it here in New York. There are the things you expect to hear about – the … Continue reading

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The Year in Candy

Being the studious type, when I was pregnant with Jie-jie I read my way through the pregnancy, childbirth, and child development sections of the Public Library. I read somewhere (Sears and Sears, The Baby Book, I think) that if during pregnancy and … Continue reading

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Signs of New York

When we were in China, I took photos of particularly amazing English-language signs. Some signs here in New York have also caught my eye. These particularly signs are usually unique, amateur slips of paper posted in public spaces. The signs … Continue reading

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No place like home?

Grading student papers in which they gather census data on their home zip code (or alternative of their choice) and compare with the areas studied in the ethnographies we are reading – and reminded of something that I take to … Continue reading

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The sociological context of urban ethnography

Yesterday at the 2014 American Sociological Association Annual meeting, Wisconsin Sociology Professor Alice Goffman ran the disciplinary gauntlet in the form of an author meets critics session focused on her new book, On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City. Goffman … Continue reading

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