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The Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Culture

ISBN: 978-0-631-23174-5
520 pages
January 2005, Wiley-Blackwell
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This collection of original, state-of-the-art essays by prominent international scholars covers the most important issues comprising the sociology of culture.
  • Provides an invaluable reference resource to all interested in the cultural structures and processes that animate contemporary life
  • Contains 27 essays on the most important issues comprising the sociology of culture, including art, science, religions, race, class, gender, collective memory, institutions, and citizenship
  • Reflects and analyzes the “cultural turn” that has transformed scholarship in the social sciences and humanities.
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    Introduction.

    Mark D. Jacobs and Nancy Weiss Hanrahan.

    PART I: PROBLEMS OF THEORY AND METHOD.

    PART II: CULTURAL SYSTEMS.

    PART III: EVERYDAY LIFE AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF MEANING.

    PART IV: IDENTITY AND DIFFERENCE.

    PART V: COLLECTIVE MEMORY AND CULTURAL AMNESIA.

    PART VI: THE CULTURE OF INSTITUTIONS.

    PART VII: THE CULTURE OF CITIZENSHIP: LOCAL, NATIONAL, GLOBAL
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    Mark D. Jacobs is Associate Professor of Sociology at George Mason University. He is the author of Screwing the System and Making It Work: Juvenile Justice in the No-Fault Society (1990), as well as articles in such journals as Administration and Society and The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society. He served from 1994 to 1998 on the Executive Council of RC37 of the International Sociological Association. He has co-organized two international conferences at George Mason University for the Section on the Sociology of Culture of the American Sociological Association, and has edited Culture for that section since 2000.

    Nancy Weiss Hanrahan is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Women’s Studies Research and Resource Center at George Mason University. Her scholarly work, which addresses issues in cultural theory and criticism, is informed by her professional experience in the music business. She is the author of Difference in Time: A Critical Theory of Culture (2000) and a contributor to Critical Theory: Diverse Objects, Diverse Subjects (2003) and Rethinking Social Transformation (2001).

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    • Provides an invaluable reference resource to all interested in the cultural structures and processes that animate contemporary life

    • Contains 27 essays on the most important issues comprising the sociology of culture, including art, science, religions, race, class, gender, collective memory, institutions, and citizenship

    • Reflects and analyzes the “cultural turn” that has transformed scholarship in the social sciences and humanities.
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    "A worthy handbook for cultural sociologists and those interested in the sociology of culture." (Cultural Sociology, November 2008)

    “The sociology of culture has been among the fastest growing fields in the discipline. It is diverse in theory, research methods, and empirical agendas. The Blackwell Companion offers a very useful guide – all the more valuable because culture should be a dimension of all sociological analyses and newcomers to cultural analysis need an introduction.”
    Craig Calhoun, New York University

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