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Iconic Power: Materiality and Meaning in Social Life
     

Iconic Power: Materiality and Meaning in Social Life

by J. Alexander (Editor), D. Bartmanski (Editor), B. Giesen (Editor), Dominik Bartma?ski (Editor)
 

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Acollection of original articles that explore social aspects of the phenomenon of icon. Having experienced the benefits and realized the limitations of so called 'linguistic turn', sociology has recently acknowledged a need to further expand its horizons.

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Acollection of original articles that explore social aspects of the phenomenon of icon. Having experienced the benefits and realized the limitations of so called 'linguistic turn', sociology has recently acknowledged a need to further expand its horizons.

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'Iconic Power is the strongest theoretical statement to yet come out of the 'Strong Program' in Cultural Sociology. Arguably, more than any other trope, including those of ritual and performance, the concept of 'iconicity' promises to break free of the economistic, linguistic and other kinds of reductionisms that plague the cultural sciences. This fine volume contains both theoretical expositions on how pictorial icons do their cultural work, as well as applied analyses of phenomena such as 9/11, images of famines, Woodstock and Bayreuth as 'iconic' events, expensive Australian red wines and the political iconography of Post-Communist Eastern Europe. If cultural sociology is to have a vibrant future and not repeat the mistakes of the past then in Iconic Power: Materiality and Meaning in Social Life practitioners have a handbook on how to approach the distinctive character of the visual and other non-discursive symbols.' - Eduardo de la Fuente, Sociology, Flinders University; author of Twentieth Century Music and the Question of Modernity

'Ranging in its coverage from the events of 9/11 to images of HIV, and from the revolutions of 1989 to cult wines, this book systematically unpacks the tremendous importance of icons in social life. Both a striking contribution to visual sociology, and a powerful manifesto for new directions in cultural sociology, Iconic Power is fascinating reading for everyone interested in the seductive potency of iconography.' - David Inglis, Head of Department, Department of Sociology, University of Aberdeen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230340053
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
01/03/2012
Series:
Cultural Sociology Series
Edition description:
2012
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.03(d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University, USA
Dominik Bartma?ski, Yale University, USA
Gottfried Boehm, Basel University, Switzerland
Hans Belting, Northwestern University, USA
Fuyuki Kurasawa, York University, Canada
Wendy Bowler, LaTrobe University, Australia
Werner Binder, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Philip Smith, Yale University, USA
Ian Woodward, Griffith University, Australia
David Ellison, Griffith University, Australia
Daniel uber, University of Lucerne, Switzerland
Slobodan Karamani?, Ljubljana Graduate School of the Humanities, Slovenia
Valentin Rauer, Goethe University Frankfurt Main, Germany

Bernhard Giesen, Universität Konstanz, Germany
Julia Sonnevend, Columbia University, USA

Piotr Sztompka, Jagiellonian University, Poland

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