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Cultural Sociology in Practice. 21st Century Sociology

  • ID: 2250903
  • Book
  • January 2002
  • 276 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Cultural Sociology in Practice is a concise introduction to the burgeoning new field of cultural sociology. Using straightforward language and popular examples, the book sorts out various cultural concepts and types of cultural analysis. Part I outlines the origins and theoretical premises of cultural sociology, and it demonstrates culturalist approaches to religion, the media/popular culture, and race/ethnicity. Part II explains exciting new culturalist methods, focusing on ethnography, discourse analysis, audience/reception research, and cultural history. The text also includes lists of key terms and study questions, providing a useful overview for students grappling with cultural concepts for the first time.

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List of Figures and Tables.


1. Introduction: What is Culture and How Does Culture Work?.

Part I: Culture and Society:.

2. Religion and Ideology: Systems of Meaning in the Modern (and Postmodern) World.

3. The Media and Popular Culture.

4. Race and Representation.

Part II: Cultural Methodology: Getting a Handle on Culture:.

5. Naturalistic Inquiry: Ethnography, Ethnomethodology, and Dramaturgical Research.

6. Discourse Analysis and Audience/Reception Research: Constructing and Deconstructing Texts, Talk, and Meaning.

7. Structure, Agency, and "Comprehensive" Cultural Sociology.



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Laura Desfor Edles
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