Carla Jones’ primary research situates theoretical questions about gender, class and subjectivity in the context of contemporary urban Indonesia. Specifically, she is interested in how large-scale state agendas that position women citizens in the domestic sphere intersect with capitalist celebrations of consumer desire. Her newest research addresses debates about mass consumer culture and Islamic commodities in Indonesia.
Jones is co-PI, with Professor Ruth Mas of the Department of Religious Studies, of a six-person University of Colorado seed grant analyzing transnational conceptions of Islamic community. This project concluded with a culminating conference on the CU campus, held 23-26 October, 2008.
Special interests include: Globalization, subjectivity, materiality, governmentality, critical gender theory, mass media, and consumption.
- 2010: “Materializing Piety: Gendered Anxieties about Faithful Consumption in Contemporary Urban Indonesia.” American Ethnologist 37(4):617-637.
- 2010: “Images of Desire: Creating Virtue and Value in an Indonesian Islamic Fashion Magazine.” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 6(3):91-117, Fall 2010.
- 2010: “Better Women: The Cultural Politics of Gendered Expertise in Indonesia.” American Anthropologist 112(2):270-282.
- 2009: Wanita Karir: Figures of Indonesian Modernity. Joshua Barker and Johan Lindquist, et al. Indonesia 87: 35-72.
- 2007: Fashion and Faith in Urban Indonesia. Fashion Theory 11(2/3): 211-232. PDF
- 2004: Whose Stress? Emotion Work in Middle-Class Javanese Homes. Ethnos 69(4): 509-528. PDF
- 2003: “Introduction: The Globalization of Asian Dress: Re-Orienting Fashion or Re-Orientalizing Asia?,” Carla Jones and Ann Marie Leshkowich. In Re-Orienting Fashion: The Globalization of Asian Dress. Oxford: Berg Press, pp. 1-48. PDF
- 2003: Dress for Sukses: Fashioning Femininity and Nationality in Urban Indonesia. In Re-Orienting Fashion: The Globalization of Asian Dress. Oxford: Berg Press, pp. 185-214. PDF
- 2003: What Happens When Asian Chic Becomes Chic in Asia? (co-authored with A.M. Leshkowich) Fashion Theory 7(3/4):281-300. PDF