Culture Section Sessions @ASA2018, Philadelphia, Aug. 10th-15th

Download PDFs and view the Online ASA program (with locations) here **All sessions are located in the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown** SATURDAY 10:30am- 12:10pm 1257. Taste, Knowledge and Cultural Reproduction, 412, Level 4. Session Organizer: Claudio Benzecry, Northwestern Acting in Disillusio: Morals and Powerlessness in Urban Planning Theory – Hillary Angelo, University of California-Santa Cruz; Gianpaolo Baiocchi, New York University Aesthetic Confidence: Reproducing Status by Investing in Taste – Hannah Wohl, Columbia University Raising Middle-class Children in … Continue reading Culture Section Sessions @ASA2018, Philadelphia, Aug. 10th-15th

Letter from the chair, Summer 2019

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Summer 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 1. In a few short weeks, we will all convene in New York City for our annual meeting. The manifest purpose is to share ongoing work with colleagues, create and restore professional networks, and further our various intellectual projects. However, as Durkheim once noted, regular commemorative gatherings such as these produce … Continue reading Letter from the chair, Summer 2019

Four Questions for Patricia A. Banks

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Summer 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 1. Dustin Stoltz: How did you become interested in the study of culture? What work does culture do in your thinking, and what do you see as the benefits and limitations of your approach as compared to alternatives? Patricia A. Banks: I became interested in the study of culture in graduate … Continue reading Four Questions for Patricia A. Banks

Four Questions for Paul DiMaggio

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Summer 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 1. Dustin Stoltz: How did you become interested in the study of culture? Paul DiMaggio: Two things really got me excited about sociology to the extent of wanting to go to graduate school. I practiced teaching to become a high school teacher at a local school. It was an interesting school … Continue reading Four Questions for Paul DiMaggio

Memorial: Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Summer 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 1. On December 31, 2018, Professor Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson passed away. Born in Gloversville, New York in 1940, Priscilla graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in French from Columbia University. Dr. Ferguson taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1966 to 1989, … Continue reading Memorial: Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson

Nature, Culture and the Production of Race

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Summer 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 1. Kari Norgaard University of Oregon Like most environmental sociologists I’ve long been troubled by the limited view our discipline has taken of what has come to be known as “nature” and “culture.” Indeed, the notion that the experiences of ‘modern’ peoples and societies can be understood without accounting for the … Continue reading Nature, Culture and the Production of Race

Nature, Race, and Cultural Power

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Summer 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 1. Kevin Loughran Rice University As philosopher Henri Lefebvre ([1974] 1991: 30) wrote: nature, despite its material erasure by urbanization, “is still the background of the picture; as decor, and more than decor, it persists everywhere, and every natural detail, every natural object is valued even more as it takes on … Continue reading Nature, Race, and Cultural Power