The New American Cultural Sociology

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The New American Cultural Sociology presents a serious challenge to British Cultural Studies and European grand theory alike. This new volume brings together sixteen seminal papers by leading figures in what is emerging as a new and important intellectual tradition. It places them in the context of related work in sociology and other disciplines, exploring the connections between cultural sociology and different approaches, such as comparative and historical research, postmodernism, and symbolic interactionism.
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"The rise of cultural sociology has been one of the most important developments in recent American social science. Philip Smith's anthology does an admirable job of introducing the major lines of inquiry which have made cultural sociology flourish. His collection demonstrates both the analytic achievements and the breadth of the field." Craig Calhoun, New York University

"This is a much needed presentation of the best of American cultural sociology. Phil Smith enables us to appreciate the strong disciplinary character of American cultural sociology compared with its more interdisciplinary counterparts in Britain and Europe. European critics may not be appeased, but they will be better informed as a result." Kenneth A. Thompson, The Open University

"By bringing together papers that represent major issues in the field, Smith provides both a sophisticated introduction to the field for newcomers and a reference point for scholars working in the field. The book is a valuable resource for undergraduate and graduate courses in the sociology of culture." Contemporary Sociology

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Preface
The new American cultural sociology: an introduction 1
1 Textuality and the postmodern turn in sociological theory 19
2 The computer as sacred and profane 29
3 AIDS and the discursive construction of homosexuality 47
4 Fundamentalism and liberalism in public religious discourse 60
5 Analytic and concrete forms of the autonomy of culture 73
6 The reception of Derrida's work in France and America 93
7 Censorship, audiences, and the Victorian nude 109
8 The Devil, social change, and Jacobean theatre 126
9 Victorian women writers and the prestige of the novel 141
10 The ambiguous and contested meanings of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial 151
11 Culture and social action 171
12 Culture, structure, agency, and transformation 188
13 Discourse, nuclear power, and collective action 202
14 Moral boundaries, leisure activities, and justifying fun 217
15 Honor and conflict management in corporate life 230
16 The role of cultural capital in school success 260
Index 277
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