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Culture, Economy and the Social

Series Editors: Tony Bennett, Penny Harvey, Kevin Hetherington

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.

  • Topologies of Power

    Beyond territory and networks

    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 – 2016-02-11 
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  • Culture as a Vocation

    Sociology of career choices in cultural management

    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 – 2015-11-13 
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  • Studio Studies

    Operations, Topologies & Displacements

    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…

    Hardback – 2015-10-07 
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  • Comedy and Distinction

    The Cultural Currency of a ‘Good’ Sense of Humour

    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 – 2015-09-30 
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  • The Provoked Economy

    Economic Reality and the Performative Turn

    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 – 2015-09-20 
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  • Objects and Materials

    A Routledge Companion

    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
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  • Shanghai Expo

    An International Forum on the Future of Cities

    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
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  • Diasporas and Diplomacy

    Cosmopolitan contact zones at the BBC World Service (1932–2012)

    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
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  • Cultural Pedagogies and Human Conduct

    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
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  • Lived Economies of Default

    Consumer Credit, Debt Collection and the Capture of Affect

    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
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  • Industry and Work in Contemporary Capitalism

    Global Models, Local Lives?

    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
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  • The Routledge Companion to Bourdieu’s 'Distinction'

    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
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  • Interdisciplinarity

    Reconfigurations of the Social and Natural Sciences

    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
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  • Devising Consumption

    Cultural Economies of Insurance, Credit and Spending

    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…

    Hardback – 2014-09-11
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  • Rio de Janeiro

    Urban Life through the Eyes of the City

    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
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  • Making Culture, Changing Society

    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
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  • Inventive Methods

    The Happening of the Social

    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
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  • Accumulation

    The Material Politics of Plastic

    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…

    Hardback – 2013-07-11
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  • Theorizing Cultural Work

    Labour, Continuity and Change in the Cultural and Creative Industries

    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…

    Hardback – 2013-06-25
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  • Sport and the Transformation of Modern Europe

    States, media and markets 1950-2010

    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
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  • Milk, Modernity and the Making of the Human

    Purifying the Social

    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
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  • Understanding Sport

    A socio-cultural analysis

    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
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  • Migrating Music

    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
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  • Cultural Analysis and Bourdieu’s Legacy

    Settling Accounts and Developing Alternatives

    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
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  • The Social after Gabriel Tarde

    Debates and Assessments

    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
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  • Creative Labour

    Media Work in Three Cultural Industries

    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
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  • Material Powers

    Cultural Studies, History and the Material Turn

    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
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  • Culture, Class, Distinction

    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
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  • The Media and Social Theory

    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
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