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Rethinking Comparative Cultural Sociology

Rethinking Comparative Cultural Sociology
Repertoires of Evaluation in France and the United States


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Michèle Lamont, Laurent Thévenot, Abigail Cope Saguy, Jason Duell, Daniel Weber, Cyril Lemieux, John Schmalzbauer, Nathalie Heinich, Agnès Camus-Vigué, Claudette Lafaye, Michael Moody
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  • Date Published: December 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521787949

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  • This book provides a powerful theoretical framework for understanding cross-national cultural differences. Focusing on France and America, it analyses how the people of these two different cultures mobilise national 'repertoires of evaluation' to make judgements about politics, economics, morals and aesthetics. The analysis draws on eight case studies by eleven French and American researchers who have worked together over a number of years to develop systematic comparisons between these countries. The topics are wide-ranging, comparing how individuals use the cultural tools at their disposal to answer questions such as: are races equal? What constitutes sexual harassment? What is the value of contemporary art? Should journalists be neutral? How can the defense of the environment be reconciled with economic imperatives? Moving beyond simplistic essentialist models of national character, this comparative approach offers important insights that will interest not only sociologists but also political scientists and anthropologists.

    • Provides a powerful, new theoretical framework for understanding cultural differences
    • Presents original comparative research from US and France
    • Covers hot topics, e.g. racism, sexual harrassment, the environment
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    • Date Published: December 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521787949
    • length: 392 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: toward a renewed comparative cultural sociology Michèle Lamont and Laurent Thévenot
    Part I. Race, Gender, and Multiculturalism:
    2. The rhetorics of racism and anti-racism in France and the United States Michèle Lamont
    3. Sexual harassment in France and the United States: activists and public figures defend their definitions Abigail Cope Saguy
    4. Assessing the literary
    intellectual boundaries in French and American literary studies Jason Duell
    Part II. The Cultural Sphere: Publishing, Journalism, and the Arts:
    5. Culture or commerce? Symbolic boundaries in French and American book publishing Daniel Weber
    6. Involvement and detachment among French and American journalists: to be or not to be a 'real' professional Cyril Lemieux and John Schmalzbauer
    7. From rejection of contemporary art to culture war Nathalie Heinich
    Part III. Political Cultures and Practices
    8. Community and civic culture: the Rotary Club in France and the United States Agnès Camus-Vigué
    9. Political practice and culture in French and American environmental disputes:
    9a. French and American disputes: an introduction Claudette Lafaye, Michael Moody and Laurent Thévenot
    9b. Forms of valuing nature: arguments and modes of justification in French and American environmental disputes Laurent Thévenot, Michael Moody and Claudette Lafaye
    9c. Comparing models of strategy, interests, and the public good in French and American environmental disputes Michael Moody and Laurent Thévenot
    10. Conclusion: Exploring the French and the American polity Laurent Thèvenot and Michèle Lamont.

  • Editors

    Michèle Lamont, Harvard University, Massachusetts

    Laurent Thévenot, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris


    Michèle Lamont, Laurent Thévenot, Abigail Cope Saguy, Jason Duell, Daniel Weber, Cyril Lemieux, John Schmalzbauer, Nathalie Heinich, Agnès Camus-Vigué, Claudette Lafaye, Michael Moody

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