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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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List of Contributors.

Introduction. (Mark D. Jacobs and Nancy Weiss Hanrahan).

Part I: Problems of Theory and Method.

1. Structure, Culture and Agency. (Margaret S. Archer).

2. Culture and Cognition. (Albert J. Bergesen).

3. Difference and Cultural Systems: Dissonance in Three Parts. (Nancy Weiss Hanrahan).

Part II: Cultural Systems.

4. Culture in Global Knowledge Societies: Knowlege Cultures and Epistemic Cultures. (Karin Knorr Cetina).

5. Media Culture(s) and Public Life. (Ronald N. Jacobs).

6. ‘Religion as a Cultural System’: Theoretical and Empirical Developments Since Geertz. (Rhys H. Williams).

7. Aesthetic Uncertainty: The New Canon?. (Vera L. Zolberg).

8. Pragmatics of Taste. (Antoine Hennion).

Part III: Everyday Life and the Construction of Meaning.

9. Music and Social Experience. (Tia DeNora).

10. Consumer Culture. (Daniel Thomas Cook).

11. Fame and Everyday Life: The 'Lottery Celebrities' of Reality TV. (Andrea L. Press and Bruce A. Williams).

12. Labor for Love: Rethinking Class and Culture in the Case of Single Motherhood. (Maria Kefalas).

Part IV: Identity and Difference.

13. New Developments in Class and Culture. David Halle and L. (Frank Weyher).

14. Sexuality and Religion: Negotiating Identity Differences. (Michele Dillon).

15. Race after the Cultural Turn. (Orville Lee).

Part V: Collective Memory and Cultural Amnesia.

16. Collective Memory: Why Culture Matters. (Barry Schwartz, Kazuya Fukuoka and Sachiko Takita-Ishii).

17. Counter-Memories of Terror: The Public Inscription of a Dramatic Past. (Anna Lisa Tota).

18. Museums and the Constitution of Culture. (Jan Marontate).

19. Dilemmas of the Witness. (Robin Wagner-Pacifici).

Part VI: The Culture of Institutions.

20. Professions as Disciplinary Cultures. (Magali Sarfatti Larson).

21. Everyday Life and The Constitution of Legality. (Susan S. Silbey).

22. The Discourses of Welfare and Welfare Reform. (John W. Mohr).

23. The Culture of Savings and Loan Scandal in the No-Fault Society. (Mark D. Jacobs).

Part VII: The Culture of Citizenship: Local, National, Global.

24. Civic Culture at the Grassroots. (Paul Lichterman).

25. Public Vocabularies of Religious Belief: Explicit and Implicit Religious Discourse in the American Public Sphere. (John H. Evans).

26. Democracy and Globalization in the Global Economy. (Diana Crane).

27. The Autonomy of Culture and The Invention of the Politics of Small Things: 1968 Revisited. (Jeffrey C. Goldfarb).

28. Toward a Nonculturalist Sociology of Culture: On Class and Status in Globalizing Capitalism. (Nancy Fraser).

Bibliography.

Index

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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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