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2nd Edition

Routledge Handbook of Cultural Sociology

ISBN 9781315267784
Published November 14, 2018 by Routledge
688 Pages

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Book Description

The thoroughly revised and updated second edition of the Routledge Handbook of Cultural Sociology provides an unparalleled overview of sociological and related scholarship on the complex relations of culture to social structures and everyday life. With 70 essays written by scholars from around the world, the book brings diverse approaches into dialogue, charting new pathways for understanding culture in our global era.

Short, accessible chapters by contributing authors address classic questions, emergent issues, and new scholarship on topics ranging from cultural and social theory to politics and the state, social stratification, identity, community, aesthetics, and social and cultural movements. In addition, contributors explore developments central to the constitution and reproduction of culture, such as power, technology, and the organization of work.

This handbook is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in a wide range of subfields within sociology, as well as cultural studies, media and communication, and postcolonial theory.

Table of Contents

Introduction: culture, lifeworlds, and globalization (Laura Grindstaff, Ming-Cheng M. Lo, and John R. Hall)

Part I: Sociological programs of cultural analysis

1. The Strong Program in cultural sociology: meaning first (Jeffrey C. Alexander and Philip Smith)

2. "Culture studies" and the culture complex (Tony Bennett)

3. Sociologies of culture and cultural studies: reflections on inceptions and futures (Jon Cruz)

4. Lost in translation: feminist cultural/media studies in the new millennium (Suzanna Danuta Walters)

5. The cultural turn: language, globalization, and media (Mark Poster)

6. Cultures of colonialism (Nicholas Wilson and Lucas Azambuja)

7. Critique and possibility in cultural sociology (Nancy Weiss Hanrahan and Sarah S. Amsler)

Part II: The place of "culture" in sociological analysis

8. What is "the relative autonomy of culture"? (Jeffrey K. Olick)

9. Formal models of culture (John W. Mohr and Craig M. Rawlings)

10. Three propositions toward a cultural sociology of climate change (Zeke Baker)

11. The sociological experience of cultural objects (Robin Wagner-Pacifici)

12. It goes without saying: imagination, inarticulacy, and materiality in political culture (Chandra Mukerji)

13. The mechanisms of cultural reproduction: explaining the puzzle of persistence (Orlando Patterson)

Part III: Aesthetics, ethics, and cultural legitimacy

14. Cultural traumas (Giuseppe Sciortino)

15, Modern and postmodern (Peter Beilharz)

16. Social aesthetics (Ben Highmore)

17. From subtraction to multiplicity: new sociological narratives of morality under modernity (Mary Jo Neitz, Kevin McElmurry, and Daniel Winchester)

18. Demystifying authenticity in the sociology of culture (David Grazian)

19. Carnival culture (Karen Bettez Halnon and Harini Dilma Gunesekera)

Part IV: Culture and stratification

20. Status distinctions and boundaries (Murray Milner Jr.)

21. Culture and stratification (Omar Lizardo)

22. Cultural capital and tastes: the persistence of Distinction (David Wright)

23. The conundrum of race in sociological analyses of culture (Alford A. Young Jr.)

24. Sexual meanings, placemaking, and the urban imaginary (Amin Ghaziani)

25. Access to pleasure: aesthetics, social inequality, and the structure of culture production (Ann Swidler)

Part V: Groups, identities, and performances

26. Group cultures and subcultures (Gary Fine)

27. Culture and micro-sociology (Iddo Tavory)

28. Culture and identity: a metatheoretical reformulation (Andreas Glaeser)

29. Public multiculturalism and/or private multiculturality? (Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain)

30. Bodies, beauty, and the cultural politics of appearance (Maxine Leeds Craig)

31. Gender performance: cheerleaders, drag kings, and the rest of us (Joshua Gamson and Laura Grindstaff)

32. Rituals, repertoires, and performances in postmodernity: a cultural sociological account (Ronald N. Jacobs)

Part VI: Making/using culture

33. Culture, social relations, and consumption (Fred F. Wherry)

34. The cultural life of objects (Claudio E. Benzecry and Fernando Domínguez Rubio)

35. Pop culture: from production to socio-technical moments (Marshall Battani)

36. New amateurs revisited: popular music, digital technology, and the fate of cultural production (Nick Prior)

37. The fall of cyberspace and the rise of data (Martin Hand)

38. Culture and the built environment: between meaning and money (David Gartman)

39. Public institutions of "high" culture (Victoria D. Alexander)

40. Cultural policy (Steven J. Tepper and Alexandre Frenette)

41. Rethinking the sociology of media ownership (Rodney Benson)

Part VII: Cultures of work and professions

42. Work cultures (Robin Leidner)

43. Everywhere and nowhere: reconceiving service work as culture (Eileen M. Otis)

44. Carework: cultural frameworks and global circuits (Pei-Chia Lan)

45. Legal culture and cultures of legality (Susan S. Silbey)

45. Medical cultures (Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good and Seth Hannah)

47. Science cultures (Francesca Bray)

Part VIII: Political cultures

48. Inventing the social, managing the subject: governing mentalities (Jackie Orr)

49. Making things political (Nina Eliasoph and Paul Lichterman)

50. Narratives, networks, and publics (Ann Mische and Matthew J. Chandler)

51. The cultural constitution of publics (Yifat Gutman and Jeffrey C. Goldfarb)

52. Cultures of democracy: a civil society approach (Ming-Cheng M. Lo)

53. National culture, national identity, and the culture(s) of the nation (Geneviève Zubrzycki)

54. The cultural of the political: toward a cultural sociology of state formation (Xiaohong Xu and Philip Gorski)

55. Post-colonial nation building and identity contestations (Daniel P.S. Goh)

Part IX: Global cultures, global processes

56. Consumerism and self-representation in an era of global capitalism (Gary G. Hamilton and Donald Fels)

57. Culture and globalization (Victoria Reyes)

58. Cultures, transnationalism, and migration (Michel Wieviorka)

59. Migration and cultures (Yến Lê Espiritu)

60. Globalization and cultural production (Denise D. Bielby)

61. Media technologies, cultural mobility, and the nation-state (Scott McQuire)

62. Tourism and culture (Kevin Fox Gotham)

Part X: Movements, memory, and change

63. Movement cultures (Francesca Polletta)

64. Cultural movements (Elizabeth Cherry)

65. Cultural diffusion (Elihu Katz)

66. Medium theory and cultural transformations (Joshua Meyrowitz)

67. Culture and collective memory: comparative perspectives (Barry Schwartz)

68. The changing culture and politics of commemoration (Hiro Saito)

69. Culture and cosmopolis … liquid-modern adventures of an idea (Zygmunt Bauman)

70. Cosmopolitanism and the clash of civilizations (Bryan S. Turner)



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Laura Grindstaff is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis, and a faculty affiliate in Gender Studies, Performance Studies, and Cultural Studies. Her research and teaching focus on the cultural dimensions of sex/gender, race, and class inequality, with a particular emphasis on American media and popular culture. She is the author of The Money Shot: Trash, Class, and the Making of TV Talk Shows as well as numerous articles and essays on aspects of popular culture ranging from sports and cheerleading to reality TV and social media.

Ming-Cheng M. Lo is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. Lo's research focuses on culture, illness experiences, and civic engagement. She is the author of Doctors within Borders: Profession, Ethnicity, and Modernity in Colonial Taiwan (University of California Press, 2002; Japanese edition, 2014). A recent series of articles addresses the roles of cultural capital and non-dominant cultural resources in health, healthcare, and environmental activism.

John R. Hall is Research Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Davis. His published works include Apocalypse: From Antiquity to the Empire of Modernity (Polity, 2009), Visual Worlds (Routledge, 2005, with co-editors), Sociology on Culture (Routledge, 2003, with co-authors), and Cultures of Inquiry (Cambridge University Press, 1999).