Cultural Sociology. An Introduction

  • ID: 2245970
  • Book
  • 250 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In recent years, sociology has recognised the significance of culture as a focus for understanding the processes and systems of relations through which societies are arranged.  It is no longer seen as merely the by–product of structural experiences of class, gender, race, but as a force in itself for the creation of social experience.

The field is now burgeoning and Cultural Sociology: An Introduction is the first dedicated student textbook to systematically address cultural sociology as a legitimate model for sociological thinking and research. A group of highly renowned and respected authors focus on major sociological themes and issues, such as gender, class, and race, and clearly illustrate how their application in cultural sociology compares with their use in more conventional sociological approaches. The book also sets out the key antecedents contributing to the emergence of cultural sociology and presents students with a firm grounding in theoretical and methodological principles applied by cultural sociologists in their work.

The result is a rich overview of the various empirical applications of cultural sociology, which engages student interest by outlining cultural sociological approaches with a connection to everyday cultural experiences, including music, fashion, eating, and media.

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Notes on Authors vii

Preface ix

Glossary of Terms xiii

Part I: Theory and Method

1 Starting toWrite a History of the Present Day: Culture and Sociology 3David Chaney

2 Defining Cultural Sociology 19

3 Methodological Issues in Cultural Sociology 31

Part II: New Cultural Identities

4 Class, Culture and Social Difference 47

5 Gender and Sexuality 63

6 Racism, Race and Difference 77

7 Bodies and Identities 91

Part III: Fragmented Ideology

8 Politics and Culture 107

9 Globalization 121

10 Culture and Religion 133

Part IV: Leisure and Lifestyle

11 Popular Music: Place, Identity, Community 151

12 Fashion Logics and the Cultural Economy: The Social Power of Tastes, Aesthetics and Style 163

13 Food, Eating and Culture 177

14 Media, Culture and Public Life 189

References 201

Index 219

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David Chaney s magisterial opening provides an authoritative framework and background for these introductions to key subtopics within this important area of sociology.   (Times Higher Education Supplement, 24 May 2012)

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