Cultures and Societies in a Changing World

ISBN-10: 1412990548
ISBN-13: 9781412990547
Edition: 4th 2013
Authors: Wendy Griswold
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List price: $38.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

In the Fourth Edition of Cultures and Societies in a Changing World, author Wendy Griswold illuminates how culture shapes our social world and how society shapes culture. Through this book, students will gain an understanding of the sociology of culture and explore stories, beliefs, media, ideas, art, religious practices, fashions, and rituals from a sociological perspective. Cultural examples from multiple countries and time periods will broaden students' global understanding. Students will develop a deeper appreciation of culture and society from this text, gleaning insights that will help them overcome cultural misunderstandings, conflicts, and ignorance and that will help equip them to live their professional and personal lives as effective, wise citizens of the world.

Wendy Griswold, Professor of Sociology and Comparative Literary Studies, and affiliated with English Professor Griswold holds a Ph.D. from Harvard (1980) and has previously taught there and at the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching interests center on cultural sociology; sociological approaches to literature, art and religion; time and place; and comparative studies in Europe and Africa. Recent books include Bearing Witness: Readers, Writers, and The Novel in Nigeria (Princeton UP, 2000) and Cultures and Societies in a Changing World (Pine Forge 1994), which has been translated into Japanese and Italian. She is currently writing a book on cultural regionalism entitled Regionalism and the Reading Class. Professor Griswold directs the Culture and Society Workshop at Northwestern.

List of Figures
Foreword
Preface
About the Author
Culture and the Cultural Diamond
Two Ways of Looking at Culture
"The Best That Has Been Thought and Known"
"That Complex Whole"
Connections: The Links Between Culture and Society
The Cultural Object
The Cultural Diamond
Summary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Recommended for Further Reading
Cultural Meaning
Why Do We Need Meaning?
Culture and Meaning in Reflection Theory
Culture as Mirror
The Greek Background to Reflection Theory
Culture and Meaning in Marxian Sociology
"From Earth to Heaven": The Materialist Approach to Culture
Historical Materialism
Research Directions From the Marxian Tradition
Culture and Meaning in Functionalist Sociology
Culture and Meaning in Weberian Sociology
The Anxious Protestants and the World They Built
The Cultural Switchman
Meaning Systems or a Tool Kit?
Meaning, Modernity, and the Clash of Cultures
Summary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Recommended for Further Reading
Culture as a Social Creation
Durkheim and the Social Production of Culture
The Problem of Modern Social Life
Social Bonds: The Role of Religion
Culture as Collective Representation
The Collective Production of Culture
Symbolic Interactionism
Subcultures
Cultural Innovation and Social Change
Cultural Lags and Leads
Cultural Innovations
Summary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Recommended for Further Reading
The Production, Distribution, and Reception of Culture
The Production of Culture
The Culture Industry System
Cultural Markets
The Production of Ideas
Reception
Audiences and Taste Cultures
Horizons of Expectations
Freedom of Interpretation: Two Views
Seduction by Mass Culture
Resistance Through Popular Culture
Summary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Recommended for Further Reading
Identities, Problems, and Movements
Constructing a Collective Identity
Constructing a Social Problem
Making Trouble
From Happening to Event to Social Problem
The Career of a Social Problem
Constructing a Social Movement Summary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Recommended for Further Reading
Organizations in a Multicultural World
Organizational Cultures
Culture and Motivation
Cultures of Solidarity and Ambiguity
Organizations in Cultural Contexts
Working Across Cultures
Summary
Questions for Study and Discussion
Recommended for Further Reading
Culture and Connection
Media Revolutions and Cultural Communities
Oral Cultures
Written Cultures
Print Cultures
ICT Cultures
The Cultural Impact of the Internet
Old Diamonds, New Media
Communities of Meaning in a Global Culture
Postmodernity and Community
Mediated Transnationals
Questions for Study and Discussion
Recommended for Further Reading
Culture and Power
Power: What Is It, Who Has It, and Why Do People Submit to It?
Power in Face-to-Face Interactions
Identity Politics
The Aesthetics of Power
Political Acts as Cultural Objects
Cultures Without Centers
Questions for Study and Discussion
Recommended for Further Reading
References
Index

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