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SAGE Handbook of Cultural Sociology

by David Inglis and Anna-Mari Almila Sage Publications Ltd
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Cultural sociology - or the sociology of culture - has grown from a minority interest in the 1970s to become one of the largest and most vibrant areas within sociology globally. In The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Sociology, a global range of experts explore the theory, methodology and innovations that make up this ever-expanding field.


The Handbook's 40 original chapters have been organised into five thematic sections:


  • Theoretical Paradigms


  • Major Methodological Perspectives


  • Domains of Inquiry


  • Cultural Sociology in Contexts


  • Cultural Sociology and Other Analytical Approaches


Both comprehensive and current, The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Sociology will be an essential reference tool for both advanced students and scholars.


Introduction - David Inglis
Marxist Cultural Sociology - Paul Jones
Max Weber’s Presences: On the Cultural Sociology of the Long-Term - David Inglis
The Cultural Sociology of Alfred Weber and Karl Mannheim - Colin Loader
Durkheimian and Neo-Durkheimian Cultural Sociologies - David Inglis
A Qualitative Theory of Culture: Georg Simmel and Cultural Sociology - Eduardo de la Fuente
Bourdieu’s Sociology of Culture: On the Economy of Symbolic Goods - Gisèle Sapiro
Symbolic Interactionism’s Contribution to the Study of Culture - Norman Denzin
Cognition and Cultural Sociology: The Inside and Outside of Thought - Karen A. Cerulo
Actor Network Theory and Its Cultural Developments - Anna-Mari Almila
Neoinstitutionalist Sociology - Pertti Alasuutari
The Cultural Worth of ‘Economies of Worth’: French Pragmatic Sociology from a Cultural Sociological Perspective - Ilana F. Silber
Systems Theory and Culture: Drawing Lessons from Parsons and Luhmann - Rudi Laermans
The ‘Production of Culture Perspective’ in Perspective - Marco Santoro
Cultural Historical Sociology - Chandra Mukerji
Quantitative Analysis in Cultural Sociology: Why It Should be Done, How It Can Be Done - Dick Houtman & Peter Achterberg
Qualitative Cultural Sociology - Thomas S. Eberle
Multiple Correspondence Analysis - Julien Duval
Hermeneutics and Cultural Sociology - Jonathan Roberge
Social Network Analysis - Nick Crossley
Ethnography and the Sociology of Culture - John Hughson
Sociology and Cultural Studies: A Close and Fraught Relationship - David Inglis
Extractive Seeing: Visual Culture Studies and Cultural Sociology - Janet Stewart
Queering Gender, Art and Culture in the Age of Media Convergence - Mary Kosut
Symbolic Boundaries - Bethany Bryson
Cultural Sociology of Religion and Beliefs - Laura Edles
Everyday Life: Past, Present and Possible - Rachel Hurdley
'Turn Turn Turn!’ Musicalizing Cultural Sociology with the ‘in Action’ Perspective - Tia DeNora
Cultural Citizenship - Nick Stevenson
Dimensions of Culture in Social Movement Research - Hank Johnston
Cultural Nationalism - Eric Taylor Woods
Cultural Sociology of News Media - Ron Jacobs
Cultural Memory - Brad West
(Cultural) Sociologies of Architecture? - Paul Jones
For a Sociology of the Cinema - Tatiana Signorelli Heise & Andrew Tudor
Witnessing Culture: Museums, Exhibitions and the Artistic Encounter - Nail Farkhatdinov & Sophia Krzys Acord
Cultural Sociology of Fashion: On the Sartorial, Symbolic and Social - Anna-Mari Almila
Popular Music and Cultural Sociology - Andy Bennett
Iconicity - Dominic Bartmanski
The Cultural Sociology of Markets - Fred Wherry
A Sociological Introduction to Cultures and Consumption - David Wright
Cultural Sociology: Brands - Sonia Bookman
Cultural Sociology of Ethical Consumption - Matthias Varul

This collection provides an excellent analysis on key cultural artefacts that cultural sociology focuses on. However, unlike other texts in this field, the essays in this volume seeks to unpack key debates on what the sub-discipline looks like now across national institutions and further what it could comprise of into the future. By unpacking these different perspectives in theoretical positions and methodological considerations in the area of cultural sociology, as well as exploring key areas of cultural analysis, the essays in this handbook from key thinkers provides an excellent reference point for the contemporary cultural sociologist and further a holistic and important resource for undergraduate or postgraduate teaching
David Inglis - University of Exeter, UK

Anna-Mari Almila - University of the Arts, London