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Matters of Culture

Matters of Culture
Cultural Sociology in Practice

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Part of Cambridge Cultural Social Studies

Roger Friedland, John W. Mohr, Orlando Patterson, John R. Hall, Mark A. Schneider, Richard D. Hecht, Eviatar Zerubavel, Jeffrey C. Alexander, Nancy Fraser, Steven Seidman, Simonetta Falasca Zamponi, Denise D. Bielby, William T. Bielby, Magali Sarfatti Larson, Harvey Molotch, Jon D. Cruz
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  • Date Published: August 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521795456

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  • Where American sociologists once spurned culture, they embrace and explore it today. This introduction to some of the best theorizing in contemporary cultural sociology focuses specifically on questions of power, the sacred and cultural production. Including a major theoretical introduction defining the field's internal structure and contributions from recognized scholars, the text presents a representative range of currently available cultural analysis.

    • Interdisciplinary, links humanities and social sciences together
    • Presents current state of the art theorizing on the topic of cultural analysis and cultural studies
    • High profile authors from field of sociology and elsewhere
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    • Date Published: August 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521795456
    • length: 426 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The cultural turn in American sociology Roger Friedland and John Mohr
    Part I. The Place of Culture:
    2. Culture and continuity: causal structures in socio-cultural persistence Orlando Patterson
    3. Theorizing hermeneutic cultural history John R. Hall
    4. Cultural studies as fin-de-siècle culture Mark A. Schneider
    Part II. Sacred and Profane:
    5. Private devotions and the sacred heart of Elvis: the Durkheimians and the (re)turn of the sacred Richard D. Hecht
    6. The social marking of the past: toward a socio-semiotics of memory Eviatar Zerubavel
    7. On the social construction of moral universals: the 'Holocaust' from war crimes to trauma drama Jeffrey C. Alexander
    Part III. Culture and Power:
    8. Social justice in the age of identity politics: redistribution, recognition, and participation Nancy Fraser
    9. Are we all in the closet? Notes towards a sociological and cultural turn in queer theory Steven Seidman
    10. Why (not) Foucault? Reflections on power, fascism and aesthetics Simonetta Falasca Zamponi
    Part IV. Products and Production of Culture:
    11. Audience aesthetics and popular culture Denise D. Bielby and William T. Bielby
    12. Grounding the postmodern: a story of empirical research on fuzzy concepts Magali Sarfatti Larson
    13. How art works: form and function in the stuff of life Harvey Molotch
    14. Ethnosympathy: reflections on an American dilemma Jon D Cruz.

  • Editors

    Roger Friedland, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Roger Friedland is Professor of Religious Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and has published extensively in both disciplines. He is co-founder with John Mohr of the Cultural Turn conferences at UC Santa Barbara.

    John Mohr, University of California, Santa Barbara
    John W. Mohr is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he also serves as Associate Dean of the Graduate Division. He has published articles across a wide range of topics in cultural sociology and is co-founder with Roger Friedland of the Cultural Turn conferences at UC Santa Barbara.

    Contributors

    Roger Friedland, John W. Mohr, Orlando Patterson, John R. Hall, Mark A. Schneider, Richard D. Hecht, Eviatar Zerubavel, Jeffrey C. Alexander, Nancy Fraser, Steven Seidman, Simonetta Falasca Zamponi, Denise D. Bielby, William T. Bielby, Magali Sarfatti Larson, Harvey Molotch, Jon D. Cruz

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