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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


Defining Life Insurance and Product Development: Divergent Institutional Logics

Cheris Shun-ching Chan

in Marketing Death: Culture and the Making of a Life Insurance Market in China

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195394078
eISBN:
9780199951154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394078.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Economic Sociology

Chapters 2 and 3 focus on the organizational strategies of insurance firms. Chapter 2 analyzes the disparity between transnational and domestic life insurance firms’ strategies. Insurance firms from ... More


Buying Life Insurance: Multiple Motives but Consistent Preferences

Cheris Shun-ching Chan

in Marketing Death: Culture and the Making of a Life Insurance Market in China

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195394078
eISBN:
9780199951154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394078.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Economic Sociology

This chapter asks what makes people in China buy life insurance, what kinds of products they buy, and why. Through studying the intentions and interpretations of their choices, it aims to explain the ... More


Conclusion

Mariane C. Ferme

in The Underneath of Things: Violence, History, and the Everyday in Sierra Leone

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520225428
eISBN:
9780520925717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520225428.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the links between a violent historical and political legacy and a cultural order of dissimulation in the Mende-speaking southeastern ... More


Violence, Honor, and Manhood

Avron Boretz

in Gods, Ghosts, and Gangsters: Ritual Violence, Martial Arts, and Masculinity on the Margins of Chinese Society

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833770
eISBN:
9780824870539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833770.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter begins with a hypothetical encounter, a simple act of obeisance in a typical temple of popular religion. That the martial is so palpably present in even the simplest everyday rituals ... More


Introduction: Illuminating the Encounter

Karen V. Hansen

in Encounter on the Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199746811
eISBN:
9780199369478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746811.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology, Culture

This introduction appraises the processes underlying the historical encounter between immigrants and Indians in the early twentieth century. It brings into the same frame two dominant processes in ... More


Becoming a Kpako: The Body and the Aesthetics of Power

Mariane C. Ferme

in The Underneath of Things: Violence, History, and the Everyday in Sierra Leone

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520225428
eISBN:
9780520925717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520225428.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the social construction of the Mende “big people” or kpako in rural Sierra Leone. It explains that the category of big people is gender-inclusive and much has been made in the ... More


War Owl Falling: Innovation, Creativity, and Culture Change in Ancient Maya Society

Markus Eberl

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813056555
eISBN:
9780813053486
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056555.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Innovation causes change. Indeed, modern Western societies see it as a crucial asset to advance. But can it also explain change in ancient societies? This book approaches material change as a crucial ... More


Why War?: The Cultural Logic of Iraq, the Gulf War, and Suez

Philip Smith

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226763880
eISBN:
9780226763910
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226763910.001.0001
Subject:
History, Military History

Why do nations choose to fight certain wars and not others? How do we bring ourselves to believe that the sacrifice of our troops is acceptable? For most, the answers to these questions are tied to ... More


Meanings are cultural

N. J. Enfield

in The Utility of Meaning: What Words Mean and Why

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198709831
eISBN:
9780191780141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198709831.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter discusses the relationship between culture and meaning in grammar. Cultural logic affects the interpretation and production of grammar. This is examined in relation to events and verb ... More


Bleibt Alles Anders: Modeling Invention

Markus Eberl

in War Owl Falling: Innovation, Creativity, and Culture Change in Ancient Maya Society

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813056555
eISBN:
9780813053486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056555.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Unlike earlier conceptions of society as homogeneous, modern models emphasize its factious nature. Correspondingly, it cannot be reduced to a structure; instead, it contains multiple, coexisting, and ... More


Europe and the United States: Market Coordination through Contrasting Discourses of Security, Leadership, and Economic Opportunity

Janelle Knox-Hayes

in The Cultures of Markets: The Political Economy of Climate Governance

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198718451
eISBN:
9780191787737
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718451.003.0004
Subject:
Business and Management, Political Economy, Public Management

Chapter 4 examines early adaptations of the markets in Europe and the United States. In the case of the United States, analysis focuses on the federal level and on California as a large state that ... More


Essentially Jewish: Body, Soul, Self

Naomi Leite

in Unorthodox Kin: Portuguese Marranos and the Global Search for Belonging

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780520285040
eISBN:
9780520960640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520285040.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

This chapter focuses on identity as well as identification—an active, often emotionally charged process of seeing oneself as a particular kind of person and intentionally cultivating the qualities ... More


“My Lost Brothers and Sisters!”: Tourism and Cultural Logics of Kinship

Naomi Leite

in Unorthodox Kin: Portuguese Marranos and the Global Search for Belonging

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780520285040
eISBN:
9780520960640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520285040.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

This chapter focuses on the desires and conceptual frameworks that led the urban Marranos and foreign Jews to each other and through which they made sense of each other's presence and actions. Most ... More


. “Fuck Aneta Briant” and the Queer Politics of Being Political

Nadine Hubbs

in Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780520280656
eISBN:
9780520958340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520280656.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

Chapter 4, “ ‘Fuck Aneta Briant’ and the Queer Politics of Being Political,” builds on the preceding chapters’ arguments on US country music and on gender in the white working class to examine ... More


Being and Time in Nagasaki, Japan

Toru Yamada

in At Home and in the Field: Ethnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824847593
eISBN:
9780824868215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.003.0045
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter reflects on a physical and ethnographic encounter with a particular concept of time—tidal time—during fieldwork in Japan's island communities. “Tidal time” is a schedule that follows the ... More


Ritual and Religion in the Creation of Urban Landscapes

David M. Carballo

in Urbanization and Religion in Ancient Central Mexico

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780190251062
eISBN:
9780190251086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190251062.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Non-Classical

The concluding chapter draws together the various lines of evidence presented in the book to demonstrate how urbanization and religion intersected in ancient central Mexico. It begins by showing how ... More


Encounter on the Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930

Karen V. Hansen

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199746811
eISBN:
9780199369478
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746811.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology, Culture

In 1904, Scandinavian settlers began moving onto the Spirit Lake Dakota Indian Reservation. These land-hungry first and second generation immigrants struggled with a poverty nearly as severe as that ... More


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