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Cultural Sociology: An Introduction


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Cultural Sociology: An Introduction is the first dedicated student textbook to address cultural sociology as a legitimate model for sociological thinking and research. Highly renowned authors present a rich overview of major sociological themes and the various empirical applications of cultural sociology. 
  • A timely introductory overview to this increasingly significant field which provides invaluable summaries of key studies and approaches within cultural sociology
  • Clearly written and designed, with accessible summaries of thematic topics, covering race, class, politics, religion, media, fashion, and music
  • International experts contribute chapters in their field of research, including a chapter by David Chaney, a founder of cultural sociology
  • Offers a unified set of theoretical and methodological tools for those wishing to apply a cultural sociological approach in their work

Notes on Authors vii

Preface ix

Glossary of Terms xiii

Part I: Theory and Method

1 Starting toWrite a History of the Present Day: Culture and Sociology 3
David Chaney

2 Defining Cultural Sociology 19

3 Methodological Issues in Cultural Sociology 31

Part II: New Cultural Identities

4 Class, Culture and Social Difference 47

5 Gender and Sexuality 63

6 Racism, ‘Race’ and Difference 77

7 Bodies and Identities 91

Part III: Fragmented Ideology

8 Politics and Culture 107

9 Globalization 121

10 Culture and Religion 133

Part IV: Leisure and Lifestyle

11 Popular Music: Place, Identity, Community 151

12 Fashion Logics and the Cultural Economy: The Social Power of Tastes, Aesthetics and Style 163

13 Food, Eating and Culture 177

14 Media, Culture and Public Life 189

References 201

Index 219

“David Chaney’s magisterial opening provides an authoritative framework and background for these introductions to key subtopics within this important area of sociology.”  (Times Higher Education Supplement, 24 May 2012)