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

Four Questions for Omar Lizardo

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 3. Dustin Stoltz (Univ. of Notre Dame) interviews Omar Lizardo (UCLA), the new Culture Section chair, on the past, present, and future of cultural analysis and sociology. Dustin Stoltz: How did you become interested in the study of culture? Omar Lizardo: I came to grad school with interests in theory and … Continue reading Four Questions for Omar Lizardo

Teaching Abstracts: Sociology of Creative Industries

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 3. “Sociology of Creative Industries” Professor: Hannah Wohl Undergraduate course at UC, Santa Barbara Why do catalog models make more money than runway models? How do aspiring rappers learn to freestyle? How do comedians negotiate the boundary between originality and joke theft? This course explores sociological research on creative industries, such … Continue reading Teaching Abstracts: Sociology of Creative Industries

Teaching Abstracts: Leisure, Recreation, and Sports

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 3. “Leisure, Recreation, and Sports” Professor: Jeff London Undergraduate Course at Hunter College, New York The history of leisure, recreation and sports is intertwined with the attributes and defining values of our society. Leisure, once the region of the landed classes, has now become a pursuit that has risen to the … Continue reading Teaching Abstracts: Leisure, Recreation, and Sports

Book Review: A Fraught Embrace by Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 3. Review of Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins. A Fraught Embrace: The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa  (Princeton UP, 2017) Reviewed by: Shai Dromi, Harvard Univ One of the most challenging barriers for humanitarian organizations is the lack of direct access to populations in need. In places like Syria … Continue reading Book Review: A Fraught Embrace by Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins

Conference Report: Between Declension and Nostalgia: Bringing a Comparative Historical Gaze to the Logics and Lived Experiences of the American Rust Belt

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 3. Between Declension and Nostalgia: Bringing a Comparative Historical Gaze to the Logics and Lived Experiences of the American Rust Belt   Amanda McMillan Lequieu, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison In the wake of the 2016 election, sociologists faced an “acute existential crisis,” according to then-ASA president Michele Lamont. Somehow, a group of … Continue reading Conference Report: Between Declension and Nostalgia: Bringing a Comparative Historical Gaze to the Logics and Lived Experiences of the American Rust Belt

Conference Report: Bringing Cultural Sociology to the Public

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 3. Bringing Cultural Sociology to the Public Written by Daniel Hirschman (Brown), Compiled by Ande Reisman (Univ. of Washington)   An annual feature of the ASA meetings is the Culture Section Professionalization Workshop, which focuses on a topic relevant to the professional development of graduate students and junior faculty by focusing … Continue reading Conference Report: Bringing Cultural Sociology to the Public