Culture has become a touchstone of interdisciplinary conversation. For readers interested in sociology, the social sciences and the humanities, this book maps major classical and contemporary analyses and cultural controversies in relation to social processes, everyday life, and axes of ordering and difference - such as race, class and gender. Hall, Neitz, and Battani discuss:
self and identity
the cultural histories of modernity and postmodernity
production of culture
the problem of the audience
action, social movements, and change.
The authors advocate cultivating the sociological imagination by engaging myriad languages and perspectives of the social sciences and humanities, while cultivating cultural studies by developing the sociological imagination. Paying little respect to boundaries, and incorporating fascinating examples, this book draws on diverse intellectual perspectives and a variety of topics from various historical periods and regions of the world.
John R. Hall is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. Mary Jo Neitz is Professor of Sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Marshall Battani is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Grand Valley State University, Michigan.
1. Introduction Part 1: Culture and Society 2. Culture, Self and Society 3. Preindustrial Sources of Contemporary Culture 4. Social Stratification and Culture Part 2: Toward a Sociology of Cultural Power, Production and Social Life 5. Power, Culture and Cultural Power 6. The Production of Culture 7. Cultural Objects, Audiences and Users and Meaning Part 3: Culture in a Changing World 8. Industrialism and Mass Culture 9. Deconstructing Folk Culture 10. Deconstructing Postmodernity 11. Culture, Action and Change