Cultural Sociology

Cultural Sociology

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Cultural Sociology collects 31 seminal essays by renowned social thinkers that introduce cultural sociology to an emerging generation of students and scholars.

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 170.18 x 241.3 x 22.86mm | 657.71g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5
  • 0631216537
  • 9780631216537
  • 1,012,518

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Lyn Spillman is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of Nation and Commemoration: Celebrating National Identities in the United States and Australia (1997) and a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001..

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"Cultural Sociology radiates with the vitality of todaya s cultural analysis. The selections and editora s notes offer a mapping of the field that will ehlp students and scholars alike find their ways." John R. Hall, University of California at Davis "Lyn Spillman has rendered an enormous service to one of the most important developments in American social science, the full incorporation of the cultural dimension into its frameworks of analysis. It will be extremely valuable for students and for the profession as a whole." Vera Zolberg, New School University.

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This book collects 31 path-breaking essays by classic and contemporary scholars to introduce cultural sociology to an emerging generation of students and to others unfamiliar with the field. A selection of foundational reflections and cutting-edge research is grouped into five core sections - key ideas, cultural repertoires, cultural production, cultural frameworks and social change. Essays cover a wide range of topics in such areas as work, inequality, political culture, and the arts, and treat many diverse aspects of contemporary culture, from television viewing to volunteering, from rock music to war memorials, from stories of violence to ideals of the public good. The editor's introduction provides an overview of the field, discussing the idea of culture, the development of cultural sociology in relation to other areas of sociology, and interdisciplinary influences from such fields as anthropology, literary criticism and cultural studies. Notes set each essay in a wider context and point to further reading. This is an essential resource and an important guide to this rapidly-expanding field.

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