Culture, Economy and the Social

Series Editors:

This series establishes the importance of innovative contemporary, comparative and historical work on the relations between social, cultural and economic change. It publishes empirically-based research that is theoretically informed, that critically examines the ways in which social, cultural and economic change is framed and made visible, and that is attentive to perspectives that tend to be ignored or side-lined by grand theorising or epochal accounts of social change. The series addresses the diverse manifestations of contemporary capitalism, and considers the various ways in which the `social', `the cultural' and `the economic' are apprehended as tangible sites of value and practice. It is explicitly comparative, publishing books that work across disciplinary perspectives, cross-culturally, or across different historical periods.

We are particularly focused on publishing books in the following areas that fit with the broad remit of the series:

  • Cultural consumption
  • Cultural economy
  • Cities and urban change
  • Materiality, sociality and the post-human
  • Culture and media industries
  • Culture and governance
  • Emerging forms of cultural and economic practice

The series is actively engaged in the analysis of the different theoretical traditions that have contributed to critiques of the `cultural turn'. We are particularly interested in perspectives that engage with Bourdieu, Foucauldian approaches to knowledge and cultural practices, Actor-network approaches, and with those that are associated with issues arising from Deleuze's work around complexity, affect or topology. The series is equally concerned to explore the new agendas emerging from current critiques of the cultural turn: those associated with the descriptive turn for example. Our commitment to interdisciplinarity thus aims at enriching theoretical and methodological discussion, building awareness of the common ground has emerged in the past decade, and thinking through what is at stake in those approaches that resist integration to a common analytical model.

  • Imitation, Contagion, Suggestion: On Mimesis and Society book cover

    Imitation, Contagion, Suggestion

    On Mimesis and Society, 1st Edition

    Edited by Christian Borch

    Terrorist attacks seem to mimic other terrorist attacks. Mass shootings appear to mimic previous mass shootings. Financial traders seem to mimic other traders. It is not a novel observation that people often imitate others. Some might even suggest that mimesis is at the core of human interaction.…

    Hardback – 2019-01-17

  • Enter Culture, Exit Arts?: The Transformation of Cultural Hierarchies in European Newspaper Culture Sections, 1960–2010 book cover

    Enter Culture, Exit Arts?

    The Transformation of Cultural Hierarchies in European Newspaper Culture Sections, 1960–2010, 1st Edition

    By Semi Purhonen, Riie Heikkilä, Irmak Karademir Hazir, Tina Lauronen, Carlos J. Fernández Rodríguez, Jukka Gronow

    Key debates of contemporary cultural sociology – the rise of the ‘cultural omnivore’, the fate of classical ‘highbrow’ culture, the popularization, commercialization and globalization of culture – deal with temporal changes. Yet, systematic research about these processes is scarce due to the lack…

    Hardback – 2018-10-02

  • The Persistence of Taste: Art, Museums and Everyday Life After Bourdieu book cover

    The Persistence of Taste

    Art, Museums and Everyday Life After Bourdieu, 1st Edition

    Edited by Malcolm Quinn, Dave Beech, Michael Lehnert, Carol Tulloch, Stephen Wilson

    This book offers an interdisciplinary analysis of the social practice of taste in the wake of Pierre Bourdieu’s sociology of taste. For the first time, this book unites sociologists and other social scientists with artists and curators, art theorists and art educators, and art, design and cultural…

    Hardback – 2018-05-10

  • Studio Studies: Operations, Topologies & Displacements book cover

    Studio Studies

    Operations, Topologies & Displacements, 1st Edition

    Edited by Ignacio Farías, Alex Wilkie

    Consider the vast array of things around you, from the building you are in, the lights illuminating the interior, the computational devices mediating your life, the music in the background, even the crockery, furniture and glassware you are in the presence of. Common to all these objects is that…

    Paperback – 2018-04-25

  • Distinctions in the Flesh: Social Class and the Embodiment of Inequality book cover

    Distinctions in the Flesh

    Social Class and the Embodiment of Inequality, 1st Edition

    By Dieter Vandebroeck

    The past decades have witnessed a surge of sociological interest in the body. From the focal point of aesthetic investment, political regulation and moral anxiety, to a means of redefining traditional conceptions of agency and identity, the body has been cast in a wide variety of sociological roles…

    Paperback – 2018-04-25

  • Film Criticism as a Cultural Institution book cover

    Film Criticism as a Cultural Institution

    1st Edition

    By Huw Walmsley-Evans

    At the beginning of the 21st century film criticism was described as in crisis. The decline of print journalism, a series of lay-offs of prominent critics, and the rise of "amateur" reviewing online spurred a conversation about the decline, even death, of film criticism. This discourse flourished…

    Hardback – 2018-04-06

  • A World Laid Waste?: Responding to the Social, Cultural and Political Consequences of Globalisation book cover

    A World Laid Waste?

    Responding to the Social, Cultural and Political Consequences of Globalisation, 1st Edition

    Edited by Francis Dodsworth, Antonia Walford

    Globalisation and neo-liberalism have seen the rise of new international powers, increasingly interlinked economies, and mass urbanisation. The internet, mobile communications and mass migration have transformed lives around the planet. For some, this has been positive and liberating, but it has…

    Hardback – 2018-03-07

  • Unpacking IKEA: Swedish Design for the Purchasing Masses book cover

    Unpacking IKEA

    Swedish Design for the Purchasing Masses, 1st Edition

    By Pauline Garvey

    This book represents the first anthropological ethnography of Ikea consumption and goes to the heart of understanding the unique and at times frantic popularity of this one iconic transnational store. Based on a year of participant observation in Stockholm’s Kungens Kurva store – the largest in the…

    Paperback – 2017-11-23

  • The Known Economy: Romantics, Rationalists, and the Making of a World Scale book cover

    The Known Economy

    Romantics, Rationalists, and the Making of a World Scale, 1st Edition

    By Colin Danby

    Why do critics and celebrants of globalization concur that international trade and finance represent an inexorable globe-bestriding force with a single logic? The Known Economy shows that both camps rest on the same ideas about how the world is scaled. Two centuries ago romantic and rationalist…

    Hardback – 2017-05-23

  • Markets and the Arts of Attachment book cover

    Markets and the Arts of Attachment

    1st Edition

    Edited by Franck Cochoy, Joe Deville, Liz McFall

    The collection explores how sentiment and relations are organised in consumer markets. Social studies of economies and markets have much more to offer than simply adding some ‘context’, ‘culture’ or ‘soul’ to the analysis of economic practices. As this collection showcases, studying markets…

    Hardback – 2017-05-18

  • Theorizing Cultural Work: Labour, Continuity and Change in the Cultural and Creative Industries book cover

    Theorizing Cultural Work

    Labour, Continuity and Change in the Cultural and Creative Industries, 1st Edition

    Edited by Mark Banks, Rosalind Gill, Stephanie Taylor

    In recent years, cultural work has engaged the interest of scholars from a broad range of social science and humanities disciplines. The debate in this ‘turn to cultural work’ has largely been based around evaluating its advantages and disadvantages: its freedoms and its constraints, its informal…

    Paperback – 2017-05-18

  • Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic book cover


    The Material Politics of Plastic, 1st Edition

    Edited by Jennifer Gabrys, Gay Hawkins, Mike Michael

    From food punnets to credit cards, plastic facilitates every part of our daily lives. It has become central to processes of contemporary socio-material living. Universalised and abstracted, it is often treated as the passive object of political deliberations, or a problematic material demanding…

    Paperback – 2017-04-28

  • Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures book cover

    Speculative Research

    The Lure of Possible Futures, 1st Edition

    Edited by Alex Wilkie, Martin Savransky, Marsha Rosengarten

    Is another future possible? So called ‘late modernity’ is marked by the escalating rise in and proliferation of uncertainties and unforeseen events brought about by the interplay between and patterning of social–natural, techno–scientific and political-economic developments. The future has indeed…

    Hardback – 2017-02-22

  • Infrastructures and Social Complexity: A Companion book cover

    Infrastructures and Social Complexity

    A Companion, 1st Edition

    Edited by Penelope Harvey, Casper Bruun Jensen, Atsuro Morita

    Contemporary forms of infrastructural development herald alternative futures through their incorporation of digital technologies, mobile capital, international politics and the promises and fears of enhanced connectivity. In tandem with increasing concerns about climate change and the anthropocene,…

    Hardback – 2016-10-19

  • Topologies of Power: Beyond territory and networks book cover

    Topologies of Power

    Beyond territory and networks, 1st Edition

    By John Allen

    Topologies of Power amounts to a radical departure in the way that power and space have been understood. It calls into question the very idea that power is simply extended across a given territory or network, and argues that power today has a new found ‘reach’. Topological shifts have subtly…

    Paperback – 2016-01-26

  • Devising Consumption: Cultural Economies of Insurance, Credit and Spending book cover

    Devising Consumption

    Cultural Economies of Insurance, Credit and Spending, 1st Edition

    By Liz Mcfall

    The book explores the vital role played by the financial service industries in enabling the poor to consume over the last hundred and fifty years. Spending requires means, but these industries offered something else as well – they offered practical marketing devices that captured, captivated and…

    Paperback – 2015-12-21

  • Culture as a Vocation: Sociology of career choices in cultural management book cover

    Culture as a Vocation

    Sociology of career choices in cultural management, 1st Edition

    By Vincent Dubois

    Vocational occupations are attractive not so much for their material rewards as for the prestige and self-fulfillment they confer. They require a strong personal commitment, which can be subjectively experienced in terms of passion and selflessness. The choice of a career in the cultural sector…

    Hardback – 2015-11-09

  • Comedy and Distinction: The Cultural Currency of a ‘Good’ Sense of Humour book cover

    Comedy and Distinction

    The Cultural Currency of a ‘Good’ Sense of Humour, 1st Edition

    By Sam Friedman

    Comedy is currently enjoying unprecedented growth within the British culture industries. Defying the recent economic downturn, it has exploded into a booming billion-pound industry both on TV and on the live circuit. Despite this, academia has either ignored comedy or focused solely on analysing…

    Paperback – 2015-09-18

  • The Provoked Economy: Economic Reality and the Performative Turn book cover

    The Provoked Economy

    Economic Reality and the Performative Turn, 1st Edition

    By Fabian Muniesa

    Do things such as performance indicators, valuation formulas, consumer tests, stock prices or financial contracts represent an external reality? Or do they rather constitute, in a performative fashion, what they refer to? The Provoked Economy tackles this question from a pragmatist angle,…

    Paperback – 2015-09-04

  • Objects and Materials: A Routledge Companion book cover

    Objects and Materials

    A Routledge Companion, 1st Edition

    Edited by Penny Harvey, Eleanor Conlin Casella, Gillian Evans, Hannah Knox, Christine McLean, Elizabeth B. Silva, Nicholas Thoburn, Kath Woodward

    There is broad acceptance across the Humanities and Social Sciences that our deliberations on the social need to take place through attention to practice, to object-mediated relations, to non-human agency and to the affective dimensions of human sociality. This Companion focuses on the objects and…

    Paperback – 2015-05-22

  • Shanghai Expo: An International Forum on the Future of Cities book cover

    Shanghai Expo

    An International Forum on the Future of Cities, 1st Edition

    Edited by Tim Winter

    In 2010 Shanghai hosted the largest, most spectacular and most expensive expo ever. Attracting a staggering 73 million visitors, and costing around US$45 billion dollars, Shanghai Expo broke the records in the history of world's fairs and universal expositions. With more than half of the world’s…

    Paperback – 2015-04-27

  • Diasporas and Diplomacy: Cosmopolitan contact zones at the BBC World Service (1932–2012) book cover

    Diasporas and Diplomacy

    Cosmopolitan contact zones at the BBC World Service (1932–2012), 1st Edition

    Edited by Marie Gillespie, Alban Webb

    Diasporas and Diplomacy analyzes the exercise of British ‘soft power’ through the BBC’s foreign language services, and the diplomatic role played by their diasporic broadcasters. The book offers the first historical and comparative analysis of the ‘corporate cosmopolitanism’ that has characterized…

    Paperback – 2015-04-27

  • Cultural Pedagogies and Human Conduct book cover

    Cultural Pedagogies and Human Conduct

    1st Edition

    By Megan Watkins, Greg Noble, Catherine Driscoll

    Pedagogy is often glossed as the ‘art and science of teaching’ but this focus typically ties it to the instructional practices of formalised schooling. Like the emerging work on ‘public pedagogies’, the notion of cultural pedagogies signals the importance of the pedagogic in realms other than…

    Hardback – 2015-03-13

  • Lived Economies of Default: Consumer Credit, Debt Collection and the Capture of Affect book cover

    Lived Economies of Default

    Consumer Credit, Debt Collection and the Capture of Affect, 1st Edition

    By Joe Deville

    Consumer credit borrowing – using credit cards, store cards and personal loans – is an important and routine part of many of our lives. But what happens when these everyday forms of borrowing go ‘bad’, when people start to default on their loans and when they cannot, or will not, repay? It is this…

    Hardback – 2015-02-11

  • Industry and Work in Contemporary Capitalism: Global Models, Local Lives? book cover

    Industry and Work in Contemporary Capitalism

    Global Models, Local Lives?, 1st Edition

    Edited by Victoria Goddard, Susana Narotzky

    Throughout history and in every geographical location, the rise and fall of industry, which impact the fate of large populations, are tied to the development and cultural entanglement of particular models that are articulated with political power. Models are understood as knowledge devices –…

    Hardback – 2015-01-23

  • The Routledge Companion to Bourdieu's 'Distinction' book cover

    The Routledge Companion to Bourdieu's 'Distinction'

    1st Edition

    Edited by Philippe Coulangeon, Julien Duval

    This edited collection explores the genesis of Bourdieu's classical book Distinction and its international career in contemporary Social Sciences. It includes contributions from contemporary sociologists from diverse countries who question the theoretical legacy of this book in various fields and…

    Hardback – 2014-11-06

  • Interdisciplinarity: Reconfigurations of the Social and Natural Sciences book cover


    Reconfigurations of the Social and Natural Sciences, 1st Edition

    Edited by Andrew Barry, Georgina Born

    The idea that research should become more interdisciplinary has become commonplace. According to influential commentators, the unprecedented complexity of problems such as climate change or the social implications of biomedicine demand interdisciplinary efforts integrating both the social and…

    Paperback – 2014-09-12

  • Rio de Janeiro: Urban Life through the Eyes of the City book cover

    Rio de Janeiro

    Urban Life through the Eyes of the City, 1st Edition

    By Beatriz Jaguaribe

    "Through artistic imaginaries, media productions, social practices and spatial mappings, this book offers an insightful and original contribution to the understanding of Rio de Janeiro, one of the highly contested urban terrains in the world. Offering a rich diversity of examples extracted from…

    Hardback – 2014-09-02

  • Making Culture, Changing Society book cover

    Making Culture, Changing Society

    1st Edition

    By Tony Bennett

    Making Culture, Changing Society proposes a challenging new account of the relations between culture and society focused on how particular forms of cultural knowledge and expertise work on, order and transform society. Examining these forms of culture’s action on the social as aspects of a…

    Paperback – 2013-11-11

  • Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social book cover

    Inventive Methods

    The Happening of the Social, 1st Edition

    Edited by Celia Lury, Nina Wakeford

    Social and cultural research has changed dramatically in the last few years in response to changing conceptions of the empirical, an intensification of interest in interdisciplinary work, and the growing need to communicate with diverse users and audiences. Methods texts, however, have not kept…

    Paperback – 2013-08-01

  • Sport and the Transformation of Modern Europe: States, media and markets 1950-2010 book cover

    Sport and the Transformation of Modern Europe

    States, media and markets 1950-2010, 1st Edition

    Edited by Alan Tomlinson, Christopher Young, Richard Holt

    In the modern era, sport has been an important agent, and symptom, of the political, cultural and commercial pressures for convergence and globalization. In this fascinating, inter-disciplinary study, leading international scholars explore the making of modern sport in Europe, illuminating sport…

    Paperback – 2013-05-31

  • Milk, Modernity and the Making of the Human: Purifying the Social book cover

    Milk, Modernity and the Making of the Human

    Purifying the Social, 1st Edition

    By Richie Nimmo

    This book undertakes a critique of the pervasive notion that human beings are separate from and elevated above the nonhuman world and explores its role in the constitution of modernity. The book presents a socio-material analysis of the British milk industry in the late nineteenth and early…

    Paperback – 2012-11-13

  • Understanding Sport: A socio-cultural analysis book cover

    Understanding Sport

    A socio-cultural analysis, 1st Edition

    By John Horne, Alan Tomlinson, Garry Whannel, Kath Woodward

    In the decade or more since publication of the first edition of Understanding Sport, both sport and wider global society have undergone profound change. In this fully updated, revised and expanded edition of their classic textbook, John Horne, Alan Tomlinson, Garry Whannel and Kath Woodward offer a…

    Paperback – 2012-07-16

  • Migrating Music book cover

    Migrating Music

    1st Edition

    Edited by Jason Toynbee, Byron Dueck

    Migrating Music considers the issues around music and cosmopolitanism in new ways. Whilst much of the existing literature on ‘world music’ questions the apparently world-disclosing nature of this genre – but says relatively little about migration and mobility – diaspora studies have much to say…

    Paperback – 2012-04-23

  • Cultural Analysis and Bourdieu’s Legacy: Settling Accounts and Developing Alternatives book cover

    Cultural Analysis and Bourdieu’s Legacy

    Settling Accounts and Developing Alternatives, 1st Edition

    Edited by Elizabeth Silva, Alan Warde

    Cultural Analysis and Bourdieu’s Legacy explores the achievements and limitations of a Bourdieusian approach to cultural analysis through original contributions from distinguished international scholars. This edited collection offers sustained critical engagement, substantiated by new empirical…

    Paperback – 2012-04-16

  • The Social after Gabriel Tarde: Debates and Assessments book cover

    The Social after Gabriel Tarde

    Debates and Assessments, 1st Edition

    Edited by Matei Candea

    The social sciences and humanities are now being swept by a Tardean revival, a rediscovery and reappraisal of the work of this truly unique thinker, for whom ‘everything is a society and every science a sociology’. Tarde is being brought forward as the misrecognised forerunner of a post-Durkheimian…

    Paperback – 2012-02-06

  • Creative Labour: Media Work in Three Cultural Industries book cover

    Creative Labour

    Media Work in Three Cultural Industries, 1st Edition

    By David Hesmondhalgh, Sarah Baker

    What is it like to work in the media? Are media jobs more ‘creative’ than those in other sectors? To answer these questions, this book explores the creative industries, using a combination of original research and a synthesis of existing studies. Through its close analysis of key issues - such as…

    Paperback – 2011-04-20

  • Material Powers: Cultural Studies, History and the Material Turn book cover

    Material Powers

    Cultural Studies, History and the Material Turn, 1st Edition

    Edited by Tony Bennett, Patrick Joyce

    This edited collection is a major contribution to the current development of a ‘material turn’ in the social sciences and humanities.  It does so by exploring new understandings of how power is made up and exercised by examining the role of material infrastructures in the organization of state…

    Paperback – 2010-10-04

  • Culture, Class, Distinction book cover

    Culture, Class, Distinction

    1st Edition

    By Tony Bennett, Mike Savage, Elizabeth Bortolaia Silva, Alan Warde, Modesto Gayo-Cal, David Wright

    Culture, Class, Distinction is major contribution to international debates regarding the role of cultural capital in relation to modern forms of inequality.  Drawing on a national study of the organisation of cultural practices in contemporary Britain, the authors review Bourdieu’s…

    Paperback – 2009-08-17

  • The Media and Social Theory book cover

    The Media and Social Theory

    1st Edition

    Edited by David Hesmondhalgh, Jason Toynbee

    Media studies needs richer and livelier intellectual resources. This book brings together major and emerging international media analysts to consider key processes of media change, using a number of critical perspectives. Case studies range from reality television to professional journalism, from…

    Paperback – 2008-05-16