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.
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.