Matters of Culture Cultural Sociology in Practice

ISBN-10: 0521795451

ISBN-13: 9780521795456

Edition: 2004

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American sociology is in the midst of a cultural turn. Where sociologists once spurned culture, today they embrace and explore it, seeking to understand the construction of social forms and the way culture matters. Problems of meaning, discourse, aesthetics, value, textuality, form and narrativity, topics traditionally within the humanists' purview, have come to the fore as sociologists increasingly emphasize the role of meanings, symbols, cultural frames and cognitive schema in their theorizations of social process and institution. Matters of Culture is an introduction to some of the best theorizing in cultural sociology, focusing in particular on questions of power, the sacred and cultural production. With a major theoretical introduction that lays out the internal structure of the field and its relation to cultural studies and contributions from leading academics Matters of Culture offers students and professors alike a representative range of the types of cultural sociological analysis available.
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Book details

List price: $54.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/22/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

The cultural turn in American sociology
The Place of Culture
Culture and continuity: causal structures in socio-cultural persistence
Theorizing hermeneutic cultural history
Cultural studies as fin-de-siecle culture
Sacred and Profane
Private devotions and the sacred heart of Elvis: the Durkheimians and the (re)turn of the sacred
The social marking of the past: toward a socio-semiotics of memory
On the social construction of moral universals: the 'Holocaust' from war crimes to trauma drama
Culture and Power
Social justice in the age of identity politics: redistribution, recognition, and participation
Are we all in the closet? Notes towards a sociological and cultural turn in Queer Theory
Why (not) Foucault? Reflections on power, fascism and aesthetics
Products and Production of Culture
Audience aesthetics and popular culture
Grounding the postmodern: a story of empirical research on fuzzy concepts
How art works: form and function in the stuff of life
Ethnosympathy: reflections on an American dilemma
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