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Cultural Sociology in Practice

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ISBN-10: 0631210903

ISBN-13: 9780631210900

Edition: 2002

Authors: Laura Desfor Edles

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This is a concise introduction to the burgeoning new field of cultural sociology. It sorts out the various definitions of the word culture in a sociological context, then applies these various meanings to cultural events, artefacts, and practices.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/16/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Laura Desfor Edles is the author of Symbol and Ritual in the New Spain (Cambridge University Press, 1998), and Cultural Sociology in Practice (Blackwell Publishers, 2002). She received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 1990, where she was studied under Professor Jeffrey C. Alexander, one of the most acclaimed theorists in the world today. Professor Edles has been teaching theory courses (at both the graduate and undergraduate level) for over ten years using xeroxed versions of the proposed book. She has also given presentations at conferences on her particular method for teaching theory. These presentations have always been warmly received.

List of Figures and Tables
Introduction: What is Culture and How Does Culture Work?
Culture and Society
Religion and Ideology: Systems of Meaning in the Modern (and Postmodern) World
The Media and Popular Culture
Race and Representation
Cultural Methodology: Getting a Handle on Culture
Naturalistic Inquiry: Ethnography, Ethnomethodology, and Dramaturgical Research
Discourse Analysis and Audience/Reception Research: Constructing and Deconstructing Texts, Talk, and Meaning
Structure, Agency, and "Comprehensive"
Cultural Sociology