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Cultural Sociology

Series Editors: Jeffrey C. Alexander, Ron Eyerman, David Inglis, and Philip Smith  

Cultural sociology is widely acknowledged as one of the most vibrant areas of inquiry in the social sciences across the world today. The Palgrave Macmillan Series in Cultural Sociology is dedicated to the proposition that deep meanings make a profound difference in social life. Culture is not simply the glue that holds society together, a crutch for the weak, or a mystifying ideology that conceals power. Nor is it just practical knowledge, dry schemas, or know how. The series demonstrates how shared and circulating patterns of meaning actively and inescapably penetrate the social. Through codes and myths, narratives and icons, rituals and representations, these culture structures drive human action, inspire social movements, direct and build institutions, and so come to shape history. The series takes its lead from the cultural turn in the humanities, but insists on rigorous social science methods and aims at empirical explanations. Contributions engage in thick interpretations but also account for behavioral outcomes. They develop cultural theory but also deploy middle-range tools to challenge reductionist understandings of how the world actually works. In so doing, the books in this series embody the spirit of cultural sociology as an intellectual enterprise. 

Jeffrey C. Alexander is the Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. From 1995–2010, he edited (with Steven Seidman) the Cambridge Series on Cultural Social Studies and from 2004–2009 (with Julia Adams, Ron Eyerman, and Philip Gorsky) Sociological Theory. Among his recent books are The Civil Sphere and The Performance of Politics: Obama's Victory and the Democratic Struggle for Power.  

Ron Eyerman is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. His areas of research include social theory, trauma, and memory, and he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on these topics. He is the author of The Assassination of Theo van Gogh: From Social Drama to Cultural Trauma.  

David Inglis is Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. He is founding editor of the journal Cultural Sociology, published by Sage. His recent books include The Globalization of Food and Cosmopolitanism.  

Philip Smith is Professor and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology. His recent books include Why War?, Punishment and Culture, and Incivility: The Rude Stranger in Everyday Life (co-authored) among others.  

 

Social Tragedy: The Power of Myth, Ritual, and Emotion in the New Media Ecology (Cultural Sociology)
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Iconic Power: Materiality and Meaning in Social Life (Cultural Sociology)
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Liberal Barbarism: The European Destruction of the Palace of the Emperor of China (Cultural Sociology)
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Liberal Barbarism
Central Bank Independence: Cultural Codes and Symbolic Performance (Cultural Sociology)
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Central Bank Independence
Reinventing Evidence in Social Inquiry: Decoding Facts and Variables (Cultural Sociology)
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Reinventing Evidence in Social Inquiry
Seeking Authenticity in Place, Culture, and the Self: The Great Urban Escape (Cultural Sociology)
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Seeking Authenticity in Place, Culture, and the Self
Constructing Irish National Identity: Discourse and Ritual during the Land War, 1879-1882 (Cultural Sociology)
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Constructing Irish National Identity
The Cultural Sociology of Political Assassination: From MLK and RFK to Fortuyn and van Gogh (Cultural Sociology)
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The Cultural Sociology of Political Assassination
Interpreting Clifford Geertz: Cultural Investigation in the Social Sciences (Cultural Sociology)
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