The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Sociology


Edited by: David Inglis & Anna-Mari Almila

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    Almila, Anna-Mari is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Sociology of Fashion at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. She holds degrees in Art and Design (Clothing) and Sociology. She is the editor of The Ashgate Research Companion to Veils and Veiling Practices (forthcoming), and the author of Veiling in Fashion: Space and the Hijab in Minority Communities (forthcoming with I.B. Tauris). She writes in the fields of sociology of fashion, fashion and materiality, pre-modern fashion, cultural sociology, historical sociology, fashion and globalization, fashion and space, and fashion and equality. Her current research includes investigation of the cultural worlds of women in the global wine industry, and this work will be published in a book she is co-editing, The Globalization of Wine (forthcoming with Bloomsbury).

    Inglis, David is Professor of Sociology at the University of Exeter, UK. He holds degrees in sociology from the universities of Cambridge and York. He writes in the areas of cultural sociology, the sociology of globalization, historical sociology, the sociology of food and drink, and social theory, both modern and classical. He has written and edited various books in these areas, most recently An Invitation to Social Theory, published by Polity (second edition, 2016). He is founding editor of the Sage/BSA journal Cultural Sociology. His current research concerns the sociological analysis of the global wine industry.


    Achterberg, Peter is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology, Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University, The Netherlands. Peter is a cultural sociologist with a general interest in studying cultural, political, and religious change in the West. Much of his work deals with the question of how people attribute meaning to the changing world surrounding them, whether these meanings have consequences for their behaviour, and, of course, how these (changing and differing) meanings can be explained. He has published in a wide range of journals, from Public Opinion Quarterly to Public Understanding of Science, from Crime and Delinquency to Social Forces, and from Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion to International Journal of Hydrogen Technology.

    Acord, Sophia Krzys is Acting Director of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, and Lecturer in Sociology, Criminology & Law, at the University of Florida. She holds a PhD from the Sociology of the Arts (SocArts) research group at the University of Exeter, UK, and managed the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded Future of Scholarly Communication Project at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley. Her research examines the production of knowledge in the arts and humanities, and she has published work in cultural sociology, the sociology of the arts, museum studies, qualitative research methods, and mobile technologies. She was founding editor of the journal Music and Arts in Action and works actively to apply the cultural sociological study of the arts to public program building in the arts and humanities disciplines.

    Alasuutari, Pertti, PhD, is Academy Professor at the University of Tampere, School of Social Sciences and Humanities. He is editor of the European Journal of Cultural Studies, and his research interests include global and transnational phenomena, media, social theory, and social research methodology. He has published widely in international journals, and his books include The Synchronization of National Policies (Routledge 2016), Social Theory and Human Reality (Sage 2004), Rethinking the Media Audience (Sage 1999), An Invitation to Social Research (Sage 1998), and Researching Culture: Qualitative Method and Cultural Studies (Sage 1995).

    Bartmanski, Dominik earned his Ph.D. at Yale University and currently works at sociology department at Technical University of Berlin, Germany. He writes in the fields of material culture, music sociology, urban sociology and social theory. In his dissertation and current work he develops a theory of iconicity as a key form of cultural signification. His recent publications include the book “Vinyl: The Analog Record in the Digital Age” (Bloomsbury, 2015, co-authored with Ian Woodward) and articles in Journal of Consumer Culture, Journal of Sociology, European Journal of Social Theory, Sociologica, Czech Sociological Review and Acta Sociologica. He is currently working on another book project “Labels: Making Independent Music” (to be published by Bloomsbury in 2017).

    Bennett, Andy is Professor of Cultural Sociology at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. He has authored and edited numerous books including Music, Style and Aging, Popular Music and Youth Culture, Cultures of Popular Music, Remembering Woodstock, and Music Scenes (with Richard A. Peterson). He is also a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University.

    Bookman, Sonia is assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Manitoba. She completed her PhD at the University of Manchester. Her most recent research on the social and cultural implications of brands and branding appears in Cultural Sociology, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Social & Cultural Geography and Space and Culture. She is currently working on a project that examines the connections between film and urban re-imaging, and regularly teaches a graduate course on Consumer Culture.

    Bryson, Bethany focuses on the intersection of culture and inequality, especially where culture mediates economic disparities in gender and race. For example, “Own It!” (with Alexander Davis and Laura Rogers, Cultural Sociology, 2014) is a study of masculinity and heteronormativity in television fashion makeover shows. Bryson is also the author of Making Multiculturalism (Stanford University Press, 2005) and “Anything but Heavy Metal” (American Sociological Review, 1993). She teaches at James Madison University, where current research includes (1) quantitative research using sex and gender as a dependent variable and (2) articulating the (less-polarized and increasingly powerful) political affiliations of African-American, Latinx, and female voters in the United States.

    Cerulo, Karen A. is Professor and former Chair of the Sociology Department at Rutgers University. Her research interests include culture, cognition, symbolic communication, media, technology, and social change. Professor Cerulo's articles appear in a wide variety of journals. She is the author of three books: Identity Designs: The Sights and Sounds of a Nation, winner of the ASA Culture Section's award for the Best Book of 1996 (Rose Book Series of the ASA, Rutgers University Press); Deciphering Violence: The Cognitive Structure of Right and Wrong (Routledge); and Never Saw It Coming: Cultural Challenges to Envisioning the Worst (University of Chicago Press). She has edited a collection entitled Culture in Mind: Toward a Sociology of Culture and Cognition (Routledge) and co-authored a book entitled Second Thoughts: Sociology Challenges Conventional Wisdom (Sage), now in its sixth edition. Currently, Professor Cerulo is at work on a book entitled Dreams of a Lifetime: The Sociocultural Dimensions of Our Imaginings.

    Crossley, Nick is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester and co-founder/co-director of the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis. His current work is focused upon ‘music worlds', and in particular their network structures. His most recent book is Networks of Sound, Style and Subversion: the Punk and Post-Punk Worlds of Manchester, London, Liverpool and Sheffield (Manchester University Press 2015).

    de la Fuente, Eduardo is Senior Lecturer in Creativity and Innovation at James Cook University, Australia. He has published a monograph entitled Twentieth Century Music and the Question of Modernity (Routledge, 2011) and co-edited two collections: Philosophical and Cultural Theories of Music (Brill, 2010) and Aesthetic Capitalism (Brill, 2014). He has published articles and essays on everyday aesthetics, music and art, urban life, landscape and the writings of social theorist Georg Simmel. He is Treasurer and immediate Past-President of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee for the Sociology of the Arts, is a Faculty Fellow at the Yale Centre for Cultural Sociology and sits on the Editorial Board of Thesis Eleven.

    DeNora, Tia is Professor of Sociology in SPA (Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology) at Exeter University where she directs the SocArts Research Group. Her main area of research is music sociology where, most recently, she has completed a longitudinal study of music and wellbeing in collaboration with Gary Ansdell, a music therapist. She is the author of Beethoven and the Construction of Genius, Music in Everyday Life, After Adorno: Rethinking Music Sociology, Music Asylums, Making Sense of Reality: Culture and Perception in Everyday Life, and - forthcoming in 2016 - Musical Pathways for Recovery (with Gary Ansdell). With Gary Ansdell, she co-edits the Ashgate Series in Music & Change.

    Denzin, Norman K. is Distinguished Professor of Communications, College of Communications Scholar, and Research Professor of Communications, Sociology, and Humanities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Denzin is the author or editor of more than two dozen books, including Indians on Display; Custer on Canvas; The Qualitative Manifesto; Qualitative Inquiry Under Fire; Searching for Yellowstone; Reading Race; Interpretive Ethnography; The Cinematic Society; The Voyeur's Gaze; and The Alcoholic Self. He is past editor of The Sociological Quarterly, co-editor (with Yvonna S. Lincoln) of four editions of the Handbook of Qualitative Research, co-editor (with Michael D. Giardina) of eight plenary volumes from the annual Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, co-editor (with Lincoln) of the methods journal Qualitative Inquiry, founding editor of Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies and International Review of Qualitative Research, and editor of three book series.

    Duval, Julien is researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), where he is a member of the European Center for Sociology and Political Science (CESSP), Paris. His publications deal with journalism, cinema, the welfare state and correspondence analysis. He has coedited The Rouledge Companion to Bourdieu's Distinction (with Philippe Coulangeon, Routledge, 2014) and, among other books and papers, he has published “Economic Journalism in France” (in Rodney Benson and Erick Neveu (eds), Bourdieu and the Journalistic Field, Polity, 2005), “A heuristic tool (in Mathieu Hilgers and Eric Mangez (eds), Bourdieu's Theory of Social Field, Routledge, 2014), Critique de la raison journalistique (Le Seuil, 2004), “L'art du réalisme. Le champ du cinéma en France au début des années 2000” (Actes de la recherché en sciences sociales, n°161-162, 2006).

    Eberle, Thomas S. is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and former Co-director of the Research Institute of Sociology at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He also taught at several other universities. He served as president of the Swiss Sociological Association from 1998 to 2005 and as Vice-president of the European Sociological Association (ESA) from 2007 to 2011 and was a member of many national and international committees. He was a founding member as well as chair of the ESA-research networks ‘Qualitative methods’ and ‘Sociology of Culture'. His major research areas are the sociology of culture and of communication, of knowledge and of organization, as well as interpretive sociology, phenomenological sociology, methodology, and qualitative methods.

    Edles, Laura D., Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology at California State University, Northridge. Her interests include culture, theory, religion, and race/ethnicity. She is the author of Symbol and Ritual in the New Spain: The Transition to Democracy after Franco (Cambridge University Press, 1998); Cultural Sociology in Practice (Blackwell Publishers, 2002); and co-author of Sociological Theory in the Classical Era (Sage, 2004/2009/2015), Sociological Theory in the Contemporary Era (Sage, 2006/2010/2015), and Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory (Sage, 2007/2011/2016).

    Farkhatdinov, Nail is Senior Research Fellow of the Center for Fundamental Sociology at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia. He was awarded PhD from the University of Aberdeen, UK. His doctoral thesis was focused on the analysis of contemporary art experience from cultural sociological perspective driven by video-based ethnographic methodology. His main research interests include social aspects of aesthetic experience, the impact of digital technologies upon art worlds, application of qualitative methodologies to the study of arts and culture. He is an author of publications in sociology of the arts and cultural sociology in Russian and English. He is also a visiting lecturer in Sociology of Arts at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (Manchester University). From 2015 he is a member of editorial board of an international academic journal Russian Sociological Review.

    Heise, Tatiana Signorelli is Lecturer in the University of Glasgow's School of Modern Languages and Cultures, where she teaches on Latin American Cinema and Film and Television courses. She is the author of Remaking Brazil: Contested National Identities in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema and she has published on various aspects of Latin American cinema and documentary activism. Her current research focuses on post-dictatorship cinemas.

    Houtman, Dick is Professor of Sociology of Culture and Religion at the Centre for Sociological Research (CeSO), University of Leuven, Belgium. His principal research interest is cultural change in the West since the 1960s. Most of his publications address the spiritual turn in the religious realm and the emergence and maturation of a new political culture and its profound electoral consequences. His most recent books are Things: Religion and the Question of Materiality (edited with Birgit Meyer, 2012), Farewell to the Leftist Working Class (with Peter Achterberg & Anton Derks, second edition 2012), Paradoxes of Individualization: Social Control and Social Conflict in Contemporary Modernity (with Stef Aupers & Willem de Koster, 2011), Religions of Modernity: Relocating the Sacred to the Self and the Digital (edited with Stef Aupers, 2010), and Class and Politics in Contemporary Social Science: ‘Marxism Lite’ and Its Blind Spot for Culture (second edition 2009).

    Hughson, John is Professor of Sport and Cultural Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. He is the author of England and the 1966 World Cup: A Cultural History (Manchester University Press, 2016) and The Making of Sporting Cultures (Routledge, 2009). He is the principal author of The Uses of Sport: A Critical Study (Routledge 2005) and co-author of Confronting Culture: Sociological Vistas (Polity 2003). Hughson is the co-editor of The Sociology of Art: Ways of Seeing (Palgrave 2005) and Sport in the City: Cultural Connections (Routledge, 2011). He is a member of the editorial boards for the academic journals Cultural Sociology (Sage) and Ethnography (Sage).

    Hurdley, Rachel is Senior Research Fellow in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research explores how everyday interactions, small things and ephemeral practices organize meaning. She has examined how workplaces and homes organize and are organized to produce cultures of belonging and identity. In parallel social worlds, people without those resources practise ephemeral homes and intimacies, calling into question dominant theories of culture and personhood. Research sites include mantelpieces, corridors, sofas, office desks, pin boards, drawings and the few remaining smokers’ corners. She is currently making a Cabinet of Curiosity, to collect those inside and outside academia with an interest in materiality, from dust, lists and pencils to screens, stories and rust. In her real life, she keeps hens and plays mind games with three collie dogs.

    Jacobs, Ronald N. is Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is a cultural sociologist who studies media, politics, and civil society. His most recent books include The Space of Opinion and The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology. He is co-editor of the American Journal of Cultural Sociology.

    Johnston, Hank is Professor of Sociology at San Diego State University. His research focuses on protest performance in different state systems, cognitive/interpretative dimensions of collective action, and the cultural analysis of mobilization processes. He is founding editor and publisher of Mobilization: An International Quarterly, the leading journal of research on protest and social movements. He edits the Mobilization Series on Protest, Social Movements, and Culture with Ashgate Publishers. Recently he has published What is a Social Movement (Polity 2014), States and Social Movements (Polity 2012), Violent Protest in the Neoliberal State, (with Seraphim Sepheriades, Ashgate 2011), and Culture, Social Movements, and Protest (Ashgate, 2009).

    Jones, Paul K. is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Australian National University. He is the author of Raymond Williams's Sociology of Culture: a critical reconstruction (Palgrave, 2004), lead author of Key Concepts in Media and Communications (Sage, 2011) and author of numerous articles in cultural sociology and related fields. He is a member of the editorial board of Cultural Sociology. He is currently working on a sociological reframing of approaches to populism, demagogy and cultural populism.

    Jones, Paul is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Liverpool. His research centres on the political economy of the urban; recently this has included studies of architecture and the built environment, digital models, regeneration photography, and – with Michael Mair – the Private Finance Initiative, supermarkets, and state reform.

    Kosut, Mary is an Associate Professor of Sociology, Media Society & the Arts, and Gender Studies at Purchase College, State University of New York. She is co-author of Buzz: Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee (New York University Press, 2013), editor of The Encyclopedia of Gender in Media (Sage, 2012) and co-author of The Body Reader: Essential Social and Cultural Readings (New York University Press, 2010). Her work has recently appeared in Ethnography, Cultural Sociology, Humanimalia, Visual Studies, and Cabinet Magazine. She lives in New York City and is co-founder of GCA, an art exhibition space in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

    Laermans, Rudi is Professor of Sociological Theory at the Faculty of Social Sciences of KU Leuven/University of Leuven, Belgium. His research and publications are situated within the domains of social theory, cultural policy and the sociology of arts. In 1999, he published in Dutch an introduction to sociology from a Luhmannian point of view (Communicatie zonder mensen (‘Communication without people') Amsterdam: Boom), which was followed in 2012 by a more general introduction (De maatschappij van de sociologie (‘The society of sociology'). Amsterdam: Boom). In 2015 appeared his study of contemporary dance, Moving Together: Theorizing and Making Contemporary Dance (Amsterdam: Valiz).

    Loader, Colin is professor emeritus of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Among his books and articles on the history of German sociology are The Intellectual Development of Karl Mannheim, Karl Mannheim's Sociology as Political Education (with David Kettler), and Alfred Weber and the Crisis of Culture, 1890-1933.

    Mukerji, Chandra is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Communication and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her publications include From Graven Images, Rethinking Popular Culture (with Michael Schudson). Territorial Ambitions and the Gardens of Versailles, and Impossible Engineering.

    Roberge, Jonathan is an Assistant Professor at the Centre Urbanisation Culture Société of the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique in Quebec City, Canada. The director of the Canadian Research Chair on New Digital Environments (NENIC lab), he is also a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology (Yale University). He has written extensively on hermeneutics in established periodicals, among which are Thesis Eleven and Social Semiotics. Recently, he gave interviews for major media outlets on topics related to culture and technology such as the increasing presence of algorithms, bits and codes in the circulation of meaningful artifacts.

    Santoro, Marco is associate professor of Sociology at the Department of Philosophy and Communication of the University of Bologna. He works on the sociology and history of intellectuals, on cultural production and consumption, and on the political dimensions of mafias.

    Sapiro, Gisèle is Professor of sociology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Research director at the CNRS (Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique, Labex Tepsis). She is a member of Academia Europaea. Her interests include the sociology of intellectuals, of literature, of translation and of world literature, as well as the history and the epistemology of the Social Sciences and the Humanities. The author of La Guerre des écrivains, 1940–1953 (1999; English: French Writers’ War, 2014), La Responsabilité de l'écrivain (2011) and La Sociologie de la littérature (2014), She has also (co)edited Pour une histoire des sciences sociales (2004), Pierre Bourdieu, sociologue (2004), Translatio (2008), Les Contradictions de la globalisation éditoriale (2009), L'Espace intellectuel en Europe (2009), Traduire la littérature et les sciences humaines (2012), Sciences humaines en traduction (2014, online). She is editing the Dictionnaire international Pierre Bourdieu (forthcoming).

    Silber, Ilana F. is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Her major fields of interest are sociological theory, the sociology of culture, religion, gift-giving and philanthropy, to which she also brings a cross cutting engagement with comparative historical and interpretative cultural analysis. Related publications include: (2014) ‘Boltanski and the Gift: Beyond Love, Beyond Suspicion…?’ in S. Susen and B. Turner ed. Boltanski. London, New York: Anthem, 2014; ‘Emotions as Regime of Justification? The Case of Philanthropic Civic Anger', European Journal of Social Theory 14, 2 (2011): 301-320; ‘Towards a Non-Unitary Approach to Sociological Theory', European Journal of Social Theory 10, 2 (2007): 220-232; ‘Bourdieu's Gift to Gift Theory: An Unacknowledged Trajectory,’ Sociological Theory 27, 2 (2009): 173-190; ‘Pragmatic Sociology as Cultural Sociology: Beyond Repertoire Theory?’ European Journal of Social Theory 6, 4 (2003) : 425-447.

    Stevenson, Nick is a Reader in Cultural Sociology at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Culture, Ideology and Socialism (Avebury, 1995), Understanding Media Cultures (Sage, 1995), The Transformation of the Media (Longman, 1999), Making Sense of Men's Lifestyle Magazines (along with Kate Brooks and Peter Jackson (Polity, 2001), Culture and Citizenship (Sage, 2001), Cultural Citizenship (Sage, 2003), David Bowie (Polity, 2006), Education and Cultural Citizenship (Sage, 2009), Freedom (Routledge, 2011). He is currently working on a book on human rights and culture.

    Stewart, Janet is Professor in Visual Culture and German at Durham University, where she was founding Director of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture. She is the author of two monographs, Fashioning Vienna: Adolf Loos's Cultural Criticism (2000) and Public Speaking in the City (2009) and has published widely on Austrian and German literature and visual culture, cultural sociology and urban history. Her current research project, Curating Europe's Oil, develops her interests in modernity and visual culture in a new context, connecting them to the study of energy.

    Tudor, Andrew is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Theatre, Film & Television of the University of York, where he was formerly Professor of Sociology. He has published widely on the sociology of film and in cultural studies, including Theories of Film, Image and Influence: Studies in the Sociology of Film, Monsters and Mad Scientists: a Cultural History of the Horror Movie and Decoding Culture: Theory and Method in Cultural Studies. His current interests are in the application of Bourdieu's field theory to the cinema.

    Varul, Matthias is an independent Cultural Sociologist and Social Theorist who focuses on the moral and religious implications and dimensions of capitalist practices of production, exchange and consumption. He is particularly interested in gauging the potential of consumer cultures for dialectical transcendences of capitalism, both utopian and dystopian.

    West, Brad is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages at the University of South Australia. Working mainly from a cultural sociological perspective his research focuses on the interrelationship between ritual and collective memory. He is the author of Re-enchanting Nationalisms (2015, Springer) which outlines the power of new commemorative forms to reimagine national identity in culturally relevant ways and foster political and institutional change.

    Wherry, Frederick F. is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University.

    Woods, Eric Taylor is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Sociology at the University of East London. His research encompasses cultural, historical and political sociology, with particular interest in nationalism, colonialism, reconciliation and religion. His recent books include: A Cultural Sociology of Anglican Mission and the Indian Residential Schools in Canada: The Long Road to Apology (Palgrave, 2016); The Cultural Politics of Nationalism and Nation-building: Ritual and Performance in the Forging of Nations (Routledge, 2014); and Nationalism and Conflict Management (Routledge, 2012).

    Wright, David teaches in the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick. His research interests are in popular culture, cultural policy, cultural work and the politics of cultural participation. His most recent book is Understanding Cultural Taste (Palgrave, 2015).


    We wish to thank all the contributors to this volume for producing what we feel are consistently excellent summaries and analyses of the major domains of sociology's confrontation with cultural matters. We also extend our deep appreciation to various colleagues at SAGE who have made the production process such a smooth one – these include Judi Burger and Matthew Oldfield and various others. Each of the editors would also like to thank the other in a manner that avoids mutual self-congratulation. Finally, sincere gratitude is owed to the Ts and Bs for their never-ending support.

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