Jonathan R. Wynn
Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. Author of Music/City, University of Massachusetts – AmherstAmherst, USA
Jonathan Wynn is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He works at the intersection of urban and cultural sociology, and has written two books. The Tour Guide: Walking and Talking New York (2011, University of Chicago Press) provides a detailed examination of the informal tourism labor market showing how a pool of primarily lay historians use the free resources of public spaces and history to make sidewalks educational spaces and refashion their own lives into more meaningful ones as they become passionate activists and neighborhood boosters. Music/City: American Festivals and Placemaking in Austin, Nashville and Newport (2015, University of Chicago Press) examines how city stakeholders have adopted “festivalization” as an urban cultural policy, and how city branding affects both locals and visitors, event organizers and participants.