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.
"Cultural Sociology in Practice brightly illuminates the practices of studying culture in all of its forms for readers seeking a map of the field. Laura Desfor Edles writes intelligent, critical, and lucid prose as she explores the specifically sociological chartings of such cultural phenomena as religion, race, and the mass media. An eminently useful survey." Robin Wagner–Pacifici, Swarthmore College