The thoroughly revised and updated second edition of the Routledge Handbook of Cultural Sociology provides an unparalleled overview of sociological and related scholarship on the complex relations of culture to social structures and everyday life. With 70 essays written by scholars from around the world, the book brings diverse approaches into dialogue, charting new pathways for understanding culture in our global era.

Short, accessible chapters by contributing authors address classic questions, emergent issues, and new scholarship on topics ranging from cultural and social theory to politics and the state, social stratification, identity, community, aesthetics, and social and cultural movements. In addition, contributors explore developments central to the constitution and reproduction of culture, such as power, technology, and the organization of work.

This handbook is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in a wide range of subfields within sociology, as well as cultural studies, media and communication, and postcolonial theory.

chapter |10 pages


Culture, lifeworlds, and globalization

part I|62 pages

Sociological programs of cultural analysis

chapter 3|9 pages

Sociologies of culture and cultural studies

Reflections on inceptions and futures

chapter 4|8 pages

Lost in translation

Feminist cultural/media studies in the new millennium

chapter 5|6 pages

The cultural turn

Language, globalization, and media

part II|60 pages

The place of “culture” in sociological analysis

chapter 12|9 pages

It goes without saying

Imagination, inarticulacy, and materiality in political culture

chapter 13|11 pages

The mechanisms of cultural reproduction

Explaining the puzzle of persistence

part III|54 pages

Aesthetics, ethics, and cultural legitimacy

chapter 14|9 pages

Cultural traumas

chapter 15|7 pages

Modern and postmodern

chapter 16|8 pages

Social aesthetics

chapter 17|9 pages

From subtraction to multiplicity

New sociological narratives of morality under modernity

chapter 19|10 pages

Carnival culture

part IV|58 pages

Culture and stratification

chapter 20|9 pages

Status distinctions and boundaries

chapter 21|9 pages

Culture and stratification

chapter 22|9 pages

Cultural capital and tastes

The persistence of Distinction

chapter 25|10 pages

Access to pleasure

Aesthetics, social inequality, and the structure of culture production

part V|66 pages

Groups, identities, and performances

chapter 26|10 pages

Group cultures and subcultures

chapter 27|8 pages

Culture and micro-sociology

chapter 28|9 pages

Culture and identity

A metatheoretical reformulation

chapter 31|10 pages

Gender performance

Cheerleaders, drag kings, and the rest of us

chapter 32|9 pages

Rituals, repertoires, and performances in postmodernity

A cultural-sociological account

part VI|86 pages

Making/using culture

chapter 35|10 pages

Pop culture

From production to socio-technical moments

chapter 36|9 pages

New amateurs revisited

Popular music, digital technology, and the fate of cultural production

chapter 38|10 pages

Culture and the built environment

Between meaning and money

chapter 40|9 pages

Cultural policy

part VII|60 pages

Cultures of work and professions

chapter 42|9 pages

Work cultures

chapter 43|9 pages

Everywhere and nowhere

Reconceiving service work as culture

chapter 44|9 pages


Cultural frameworks and global circuits

chapter 46|10 pages

Medical cultures

chapter 47|11 pages

Science cultures

part VIII|78 pages

Political cultures

chapter 48|10 pages

Inventing the social, managing the subject

Governing mentalities

chapter 49|9 pages

Making things political

chapter 52|9 pages

Cultures of democracy

A civil society approach

chapter 54|10 pages

The cultural of the political

Toward a cultural sociology of state formation

part IX|66 pages

Global cultures, global processes

part X|75 pages

Movements, memory, and change

chapter 63|9 pages

Movement cultures

chapter 64|9 pages

Cultural movements

chapter 65|8 pages

Cultural diffusion

chapter 67|9 pages

Culture and collective memory

Comparative perspectives