The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology

Paperback | September 15, 2013

EditorJeffrey C. Alexander, Ronald Jacobs, Philip Smith

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Since sociologists returned to the study of culture in the past several decades, a pursuit all but anathema for a generation, cultural sociology has emerged as a vibrant field. Edited by three leading cultural sociologists, The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology presents the fulltheoretical and methodological vitality of this critically significant new area.The Handbook gathers together works by authors confronting the crucial choices all cultural sociologists face today: about analytic priorities, methods, topics, epistemologies, ideologies, and even modes of writing. Itis a vital collection of preeminent thinkers studying the ways in which culture, society, politics, and economy interact in the world.Organized by empirical areas of study rather than particular theories or competing intellectual strands, the Handbook addresses power, politics, and states; economics and organization; mass media; social movements; religion; aesthetics; knowledge; and health. Allowing the reader to observe tensionsas well as convergences, the collection displays the value of cultural sociology not as a niche discipline but as a way to view and understand the many facets of contemporary society. The first of its kind, The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology offers comprehensive and immediate access to thereal developments and disagreements taking place in the field, and deftly exemplifies how cultural sociology provides a new way of seeing and modeling social facts.

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Since sociologists returned to the study of culture in the past several decades, a pursuit all but anathema for a generation, cultural sociology has emerged as a vibrant field. Edited by three leading cultural sociologists, The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology presents the fulltheoretical and methodological vitality of this critic...

Jeffrey Alexander is the Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University. Ronald Jacobs is Professor of Sociology at SUNY-Albany. Philip Smith is Professor of Sociology at Yale.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:840 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Jeffrey C. Alexander, Ronald Jacobs, and Philip Smith: Introduction: Cultural Sociology TodayPART I: The Cultural Method in Sociology2. Isaac Ariail Reed: Cultural Sociology as a Research Program: Post-Positivism, Meaning, and Causality3. Richard Biernacki: Rationalization Processes inside Cultural Sociology4. John Mohr and Craig Rawlings: Four Ways to Measure Culture: Social Science, Hermeneutics, and the Cultural TurnPART II: The Economic as Culture5. Carlo Tognato: Culture and the Economy6. Lyn Spillman: Culture and Economic LifePART III: The Political as Culture7. Robin Wagner-Pacifici: From Moral Sentiments to Civic Engagement: Sociological Analysis as Responsible Spectatorship8. Paul Lichterman: Reinventing the Concept of Civic Culture9. Gianpaolo Biaocchi: Cultural Sociology and Civil Society in a World of Flows: Recapturing Ambiguity, Hybridity and the PoliticalPART IV: The Media as Culture10. Simon Cottle: Mediatized Disasters in the Global Age: On the Ritualization of Catastrophe11. Eleanor Townsely: Media, Intellectuals, the Public Sphere, and the Story of Barack Obama in 200812. Ronald Jacobs: Entertainment Media and the Aesthetic Public SpherePART V: Race and Immigration as Culture13. Al Young: Rethinking the Relationship of African American Men to the Street14. Giuseppe Sciortino: Ethnicity, Race, Nationhood, Foreignness, Etc.: Prolegomena to a Cultural Sociology of Difference-Based Interactions15. Mats Trondman: Burning Schools/Building Bridges: Ethnographical Touchdowns in the Civil SpherePART VI: Religion as Culture16. Roger Friedland: The Constitution of Religious Political Violence: Institution, Culture and Power17. Kenneth Thompson: Globalization, Culture and ReligionPART VII: Social Movements as Culture18. Francesca Polletta and Bobby Chen: Narrative and Social Movements19. Steven Seidman, Chet Meeks, and James Dean: The Politics of Authenticity: Civic Individualism and the Cultural Roots of Gay NormalizationPART VIII: Trauma as Culture20. Barry Schwartz: Rethinking Conflict and Memory: the case of Nanjing21. Ron Eyerman: Cultural Trauma: Emotion and Narration22. Jeffrey C. Alexander and Rui Gao: The Chinese Construction and Repression of Trauma: The Rape of NanjingPART IX: Events as Culture23. Mabel Berezin: Events as Templates of Possibility: An Analytic Typology of Political Facts24. Jason Mast: Cultural Pragmatics and the Structure and Flow of Democratic PoliticsPART X: Materiality as Culture25. Ian Woodward: Consumption as Cultural Interpretation: Taste, Performativity and Navigating The Forest Of Objects26. Arthur Frank: The Force of Embodiment: Bodies, Dispositions and Culture27. Lisa McCormick: Music Sociology in a New KeyPART XI: Knowledge as Culture28. Philip Smith: Narrating Global WarmingPART XII: Classification and Ambiguity as Culture29. Nina Eliasoph and Jade Lo: Broadening the Strong Program in Cultural Sociology: Focus On Mundane Life in Organizations30. Bernhard Giesen: Inbetweenness and Ambivalence

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"This groundbreaking, readable handbook [is] the first single volume to attempt to unify its diverse contemporary applications in a wide range of traditional genres of sociology...Valuable for college universities and libraries supporting undergraduate and graduate degree programs in sociologyand history." --CHOICE