Practicing Culture seeks to revitalize the field of cultural sociology with an emphasis not on abstract theoretical debates but on showing how to put theoretical sources to work in empirical research. Culture is not just products and representations but practices. It is made and remade in countless small ways and occasional bursts of innovation. It is something people do – and do in rich variety and distinctive contexts as engaging case studies from the book reveal. For example:
Practicing Culture will reshape and invigorate the sociology of culture, not only through internal development, but through enhanced connections to the interdisciplinary social theory and to related fields like the sociology of knowledge and ethnography. It will prove an essential tool for students and researchers of cultural theory, contemporary social theory and cultural sociology.
Introduction Craig Calhoun and Richard Sennett 1. 'We Have Never Been German': The Economy of Digging in Russian Kaliningrad Olga Sezneva 2. Practicing Poetry: A Career Without a Job Ailsa Craig 3. Hot Glass: The Calorific Imagination of Practice in Glassblowing Erin O’Connor 4. State Power as Field Work: Culture and Practice in the French Survey of Historic Landmarks Alexandra Kowalski 5. New and Improved Nations: Branding National Identity Melissa Aronczyk 6. Facts in the City: How London Accountants Simplify Decisions Matthew Gill 7. Managing Doubt: Professional Wrestling Jargon and the Making of 'Smart Fans' Marion Wrenn 8. Beauty at the Gallery: Sentimental Education and Operatic Community in Contemporary Buenos Aires Claudio Benzecry 9. The Erotic Life of Electric Hair Clippers: A Social History Alton Phillips 10. Practicing Authorship: The Case of Brecht’s Plays Monika Krause