The Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Culture. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Sociology

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  • 520 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This collection of original, state–of–the–art essays by prominent international scholars covers the most important issues comprising the sociology of culture. Heightened recognition of the ways culture inflects politics and economics, social relations and personal identities has transformed scholarship in the social sciences and humanities.The Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Culture reflects on this “cultural turn” by providing an invaluable reference resource to all interested in the cultural structures and processes that animate contemporary life. The book includes such topics as art, science, religion, race, class, gender, collective memory, institutions, and citizenship. This is the first–ever collection of original, synthetic essays that forms a comprehensive overview of the sociology of culture.
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List of Contributors x

Introduction 1Mark D. Jacobs and Nancy Weiss Hanrahan

PART I PROBLEMS OF THEORY AND METHOD 15

1 Structure, Culture and Agency 17Margaret S. Archer

2 Culture and Cognition 35Albert J. Bergesen

3 Difference and Cultural Systems: Dissonance in Three Parts 48Nancy Weiss Hanrahan

PART II CULTURAL SYSTEMS 63

4 Culture in Global Knowledge Societies: Knowledge Cultures and Epistemic Cultures 65Karin Knorr Cetina

5 Media Culture(s) and Public Life 80Ronald N. Jacobs

6 "Religion as a Cultural System": Theoretical and Empirical Developments Since Geertz 97Rhys H. Williams

7 Aesthetic Uncertainty: The New Canon? 114Vera L. Zolberg

8 Pragmatics of Taste 131Antoine Hennion

PART III EVERYDAY LIFE AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF MEANING 145

9 Music and Social Experience 147Tia DeNora

10 Consumer Culture 160Daniel Thomas Cook

11 Fame and Everyday Life: The "Lottery Celebrities" of Reality TV 176Andrea L. Press and Bruce A. Williams

12 Labor for Love: Rethinking Class and Culture in the Case of Single Motherhood 190Maria Kefalas

PART IV IDENTITY AND DIFFERENCE 205

13 New Developments in Class and Culture 207David Halle and L. Frank Weyher

14 Sexuality and Religion: Negotiating Identity Differences 220Michele Dillon

15 Race after the Cultural Turn 234Orville Lee

PART V COLLECTIVE MEMORY AND CULTURAL AMNESIA 251

16 Collective Memory: Why Culture Matters 253Barry Schwartz, Kazuya Fukuoka, and Sachiko Takita–Ishii

17 Counter–Memories of Terrorism: The Public Inscription of a Dramatic Past 272Anna Lisa Tota

18 Museums and the Constitution of Culture 286Jan Marontate

19 Dilemmas of the Witness 302Robin Wagner–Pacifici

PART VI THE CULTURE OF INSTITUTIONS 315

20 Professions as Disciplinary Cultures 317Magali Sarfatti Larson

21 Everyday Life and the Constitution of Legality 332Susan S. Silbey

22 The Discourses of Welfare and Welfare Reform 346John W. Mohr

23 The Culture of Savings and Loan Scandal in the No–Fault Society 364Mark D. Jacobs

PART VII THE CULTURE OF CITIZENSHIP: LOCAL, NATIONAL, GLOBAL 381

24 Civic Culture at the Grass Roots 383Paul Lichterman

25 Public Vocabularies of Religious Belief: Explicit and Implicit Religious Discourse in the American Public Sphere 398John H. Evans

26 Democracy and Globalization in the Global Economy 412Diana Crane

27 The Autonomy of Culture and the Invention of the Politics of Small Things: 1968 Revisited 428Jeffrey C. Goldfarb

28 Toward a Nonculturalist Sociology of Culture: On Class and Status in Globalizing Capitalism 444Nancy Fraser

Bibliography 460

Index 500

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