About the Author
J. Michael Ryan is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Maryland at College Park. He was senior managing editor of The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (2007) and is managing editor of the online edition of that project as well as for several other forthcoming encyclopedias from Blackwell. Mike also served as managing editor of the Journal of Consumer Culture for four years. He has published more than a dozen articles and book chapters on consumption, sexuality, globalization, and social theory and has been the recipient of numerous awards for his commitment to teaching, LGBT rights, and social change.