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The meanings of (social) life: On the Origins of a Cultural Sociology

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195160840
eISBN:
9780199944156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160840.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume, which is about social life and cultural sociology. The chapters in this volume can be considered as adventures in the dialectics of ... More


A Cultural Sociology of Evil

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195160840
eISBN:
9780199944156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160840.003.0014
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter explores the concept of the cultural sociology of evil. It explains that for every effort to institutionalize comforting and inspiring images of the socially good and right, there is an ... More


Cross‐Talk in Movements: Reconceiving the Culture‐Network Link

Ann Mische

in Social Movements and Networks: Relational Approaches to Collective Action

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199251780
eISBN:
9780191599057
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199251789.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

In dialogue with recent developments in cultural sociology, this chapter looks at the forms of discourse generated by movement activists in response to the multiple relations in which they are ... More


The Sacred and Profane Information Machine

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195160840
eISBN:
9780199944156
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160840.003.0022
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter examines the information machine in the context of cultural sociology. It argues that the theory underlying the proposition about the possibility of a purely technical rationality is not ... More


The Theory behind the Findings: How Studying College Conservatives Extends Our Understanding of Higher Education, Politics, and Culture

Amy J. Binder and Kate Wood

in Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691145372
eISBN:
9781400844876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691145372.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Education

This chapter examines in more abstract terms how universities, in combination with the broader political culture, cultivate distinctive styles of conservatism among students. It reviews research in ... More


The Sacred in the Modern World: A Cultural Sociological Approach

Gordon Lynch

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199557011
eISBN:
9780191738210
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557011.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The central aim of this book is to provide a theoretical framework for using the concept of the sacred as a tool for social and cultural analysis. It differentiates between ontological theories of ... More


Ontological and Durkheimian Theories of the Sacred

Gordon Lynch

in The Sacred in the Modern World: A Cultural Sociological Approach

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199557011
eISBN:
9780191738210
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557011.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter introduces the distinction between ontological and cultural sociological theories of the sacred, which respectively understand the sacred to be grounded in the essence of the cosmos or ... More


Masters of Uncertainty: Weather Forecasters and the Quest for Ground Truth

Phaedra Daipha

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226298542
eISBN:
9780226298719
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226298719.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment

This book draws on a two-year ethnography of forecasting operations at the National Weather Service (NWS) to theorize decision-making in action. Contrary to popular wisdom, weather forecasters are ... More


Media Commentary and the Space of Opinion

Ronald N. Jacobs

in The Space of Opinion: Media Intellectuals and the Public Sphere

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199797929
eISBN:
9780199944170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797929.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

Chapter 1 argues that opinion and news commentary are neglected topics in research literatures about media, democracy and the public sphere. It offers the idea of the space of opinion as a way of ... More


Introduction: Thinking through The Civil Sphere

Peter Kivisto and Giuseppe Sciortino

in Solidarity, Justice, and Incorporation: Thinking through The Civil Sphere

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199811908
eISBN:
9780190239343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811908.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

This introduction provides an overview of the central issues contained in previously published reviews. It sets the stage for the civil sphere project in terms of the evolution of Alexander’s larger ... More


Texts, Printing, Readings

Roger Chartier

in The New Cultural History

Published in print:
1989
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520064287
eISBN:
9780520908925
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520064287.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This chapter presents a good introduction to Roger Chartier's, The Cultural Uses of Print in Early Modern France. Fernando de Rojas' prologue clearly indicates the central tension of every history of ... More


Representing Talent: Hollywood Agents and the Making of Movies

Violaine Roussel

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226486802
eISBN:
9780226487137
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226487137.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This book takes the reader behind the scenes in Hollywood into the unknown world of talent agencies. Based on unprecedented fieldwork (122 interviews, as well as in situ observations at agencies), it ... More


Civil Sphere and Political Performance: Critical Reflections on Alexander’s Cultural Sociology

Bryan S. Turner

in Solidarity, Justice, and Incorporation: Thinking through The Civil Sphere

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199811908
eISBN:
9780190239343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811908.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

The chapter’s analysis begins with its contention that one cannot understand the civil sphere without first understanding Alexander’s version of cultural sociology and of the significance he attaches ... More


What's the Worst That Could Happen?

Karen A. Cerulo

in Never Saw It Coming: Cultural Challenges to Envisioning the Worst

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226100326
eISBN:
9780226100296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226100296.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

This chapter discusses the coverage of this volume which is about envisioning the worst. Building on theories and ideas forwarded by both cultural and cognitive sociologists, this chapter argues that ... More


Introduction

Joseph C. Ewoodzie Jr.

in Break Beats in the Bronx: Rediscovering Hip-Hop's Early Years

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469632759
eISBN:
9781469632773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632759.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

It focuses on a crucial span of time surprisingly under-examined in previous studies: 1975-79, a period after the rise of Kool DJ, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Flash and before The Sugar Hill ... More


From French Canada to Québec: An Introduction

Geneviève Zubrzycki

in Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion, and Secularism in Quebec

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226391540
eISBN:
9780226391717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226391717.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The book’s introduction presents the case and the empirical questions, discusses the theoretical framework and methodology, and specifies the book’s three main objectives: The first is theoretical ... More


Cosmopolitan Canvases: The Globalization of Markets for Contemporary Art

Olav Velthuis and Stefano Baia Curioni (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198717744
eISBN:
9780191787249
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717744.001.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Knowledge Management, Public Management

This book brings together recent, multidisciplinary, cutting edge research on the globalization of markets for contemporary art. Focusing on different regions including China, Russia, India, and ... More


Break Beats in the Bronx: Rediscovering Hip-Hop's Early Years

Joseph C., Jr. Ewoodzie

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469632759
eISBN:
9781469632773
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632759.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

The origin story of hip-hop—one that involves Kool Herc DJing a house party on Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx—has become received wisdom. But Joseph C. Ewoodzie Jr. argues that the full story remains ... More


Conclusion: In the Light of Midnight

Douglas Hartmann

in Midnight Basketball: Race, Sports, and Neoliberal Social Policy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226374840
eISBN:
9780226375038
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226375038.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This final chapter draws out the broader implications of this case study of midnight basketball for sport studies and sport policy, the sociology of race and the African American experience, cultural ... More


Social Movements, Civil Repair, and Social Movement Theory

Mario Diani

in Solidarity, Justice, and Incorporation: Thinking through The Civil Sphere

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199811908
eISBN:
9780190239343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811908.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter begins by asking why social movement scholars have paid so little attention to The Civil Sphere, given the centrality Alexander attaches to social movements. It offers a judicious ... More


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