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
ByLaura Grindstaff, Ming-Cheng M. Lo, John R. Hall

part I|62 pages

Sociological programs of cultural analysis

chapter 1|10 pages

The Strong Program in cultural sociology

Meaning first
ByJeffrey C. Alexander, Philip Smith

chapter 2|9 pages

“Culture studies” and the culture complex

ByTony Bennett

chapter 3|9 pages

Sociologies of culture and cultural studies

Reflections on inceptions and futures
ByJon Cruz

chapter 4|8 pages

Lost in translation

Feminist cultural/media studies in the new millennium
BySuzanna Danuta Walters

chapter 5|6 pages

The cultural turn

Language, globalization, and media
ByMark Poster

chapter 6|9 pages

Cultures of colonialism

ByNicholas Hoover Wilson, Lucas Azambuja

chapter 7|9 pages

Critique and possibility in cultural sociology

ByNancy Weiss Hanrahan, Sarah S. Amsler

part II|60 pages

The place of “culture” in sociological analysis

chapter 8|10 pages

What is “the relative autonomy of culture”?

ByJeffrey K. Olick

chapter 9|10 pages

Formal models of culture

ByJohn W. Mohr, Craig M. Rawlings

chapter 11|9 pages

The sociological experience of cultural objects

ByRobin Wagner-Pacifici

chapter 12|9 pages

It goes without saying

Imagination, inarticulacy, and materiality in political culture
ByChandra Mukerji

chapter 13|11 pages

The mechanisms of cultural reproduction

Explaining the puzzle of persistence
ByOrlando Patterson

part III|54 pages

Aesthetics, ethics, and cultural legitimacy

chapter 14|9 pages

Cultural traumas

ByGiuseppe Sciortino

chapter 15|7 pages

Modern and postmodern

ByPeter Beilharz

chapter 16|8 pages

Social aesthetics

ByBen Highmore

chapter 17|9 pages

From subtraction to multiplicity

New sociological narratives of morality under modernity
ByMary Jo Neitz, Kevin McElmurry, Daniel Winchester

chapter 18|9 pages

Demystifying authenticity in the sociology of culture

ByDavid Grazian

chapter 19|10 pages

Carnival culture

ByKaren B. Halnon, Harini D. Gunasekera

part IV|58 pages

Culture and stratification

chapter 20|9 pages

Status distinctions and boundaries

ByMurray Milner

chapter 21|9 pages

Culture and stratification

ByOmar Lizardo

chapter 22|9 pages

Cultural capital and tastes

The persistence of Distinction
ByDavid Wright

chapter 23|10 pages

The conundrum of race in sociological analyses of culture

ByAlford A. Young

chapter 24|9 pages

Sexual meanings, placemaking, and the urban imaginary

ByAmin Ghaziani

chapter 25|10 pages

Access to pleasure

Aesthetics, social inequality, and the structure of culture production
ByAnn Swidler

part V|66 pages

Groups, identities, and performances

chapter 26|10 pages

Group cultures and subcultures

ByGary Alan Fine

chapter 27|8 pages

Culture and micro-sociology

ByIddo Tavory

chapter 28|9 pages

Culture and identity

A metatheoretical reformulation
ByAndreas Glaeser

chapter 29|9 pages

Public multiculturalism and/or private multiculturality?

ByRebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain

chapter 30|9 pages

Bodies, beauty, and the cultural politics of appearance

ByMaxine Leeds Craig

chapter 31|10 pages

Gender performance

Cheerleaders, drag kings, and the rest of us
ByJoshua Gamson, Laura Grindstaf

chapter 32|9 pages

Rituals, repertoires, and performances in postmodernity

A cultural-sociological account
ByRonald N. Jacobs

part VI|86 pages

Making/using culture

chapter 33|9 pages

Culture, social relations, and consumption

ByFrederick F. Wherry

chapter 34|8 pages

The cultural life of objects

ByClaudio E. Benzecry, Fernando Domínguez Rubio

chapter 35|10 pages

Pop culture

From production to socio-technical moments
ByMarshall Battani

chapter 36|9 pages

New amateurs revisited

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

chapter 37|10 pages

The fall of cyberspace and the rise of data

ByMartin Hand

chapter 38|10 pages

Culture and the built environment

Between meaning and money
ByDavid Gartman

chapter 39|9 pages

Public institutions of “high” culture

ByVictoria D. Alexander

chapter 40|9 pages

Cultural policy

BySteven J. Tepper, Alexandre Frenette

chapter 41|10 pages

Rethinking the sociology of media ownership

ByRodney Benson

part VII|60 pages

Cultures of work and professions

chapter 42|9 pages

Work cultures

ByRobin Leidner

chapter 43|9 pages

Everywhere and nowhere

Reconceiving service work as culture
ByEileen M. Otis

chapter 44|9 pages


Cultural frameworks and global circuits
ByPei-Chia Lan

chapter 45|10 pages

Legal culture and cultures of legality

BySusan S. Silbey

chapter 46|10 pages

Medical cultures

ByMary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Seth Hannah

chapter 47|11 pages

Science cultures

ByFrancesca Bray

part VIII|78 pages

Political cultures

chapter 48|10 pages

Inventing the social, managing the subject

Governing mentalities
ByJackie Orr

chapter 49|9 pages

Making things political

ByNina Eliasoph, Paul Lichterman

chapter 50|10 pages

Narratives, networks, and publics

ByAnn Mische, Matthew J. Chandler

chapter 51|9 pages

The cultural constitution of publics

ByYifat Gutman, Jeffrey C. Goldfarb

chapter 52|9 pages

Cultures of democracy

A civil society approach
ByMing-Cheng M. Lo

chapter 53|9 pages

National culture, national identity, and the culture(s) of the nation

ByGeneviève Zubrzycki

chapter 54|10 pages

The cultural of the political

Toward a cultural sociology of state formation
ByXiaohong Xu, Philip Gorski

chapter 55|10 pages

Postcolonial nation-building and identity contestations

ByDaniel P. S. Goh

part IX|66 pages

Global cultures, global processes

chapter 56|9 pages

Consumerism and self-representation in an era of global capitalism

ByGary G. Hamilton, Donald Fels

chapter 57|9 pages

Culture and globalization

ByVictoria Reyes

chapter 58|9 pages

Cultures, transnationalism, and migration

ByMichel Wieviorka

chapter 59|9 pages

Migration and cultures

ByYến Lê Espiritu

chapter 60|10 pages

Globalization and cultural production

ByDenise D. Bielby

chapter 61|9 pages

Media technologies, cultural mobility, and the nation-state

ByScott McQuire

chapter 62|9 pages

Tourism and culture

ByKevin Fox Gotham

part X|75 pages

Movements, memory, and change

chapter 63|9 pages

Movement cultures

ByFrancesca Polletta

chapter 64|9 pages

Cultural movements

ByElizabeth Cherry

chapter 65|8 pages

Cultural diffusion

ByElihu Katz

chapter 66|10 pages

Medium theory and cultural transformations

ByJoshua Meyrowitz

chapter 67|9 pages

Culture and collective memory

Comparative perspectives
ByBarry Schwartz

chapter 68|9 pages

The changing culture and politics of commemoration

ByHiro Saito

chapter 69|9 pages

Culture and cosmopolis … liquid-modern adventures of an idea

ByZygmunt Bauman

chapter 70|10 pages

Cosmopolitanism and the clash of civilizations

ByBryan S. Turner