ASA Paper Summaries

Session: Resurrecting the Macro in the Sociology of Culture The Cultural Logic of Capitalist Realism: Towards a Social Theory of ‘Okay Boomer’  Jason C. Mueller  & John McCollum  2019 will go down as the year of ‘Okay Boomer!’ The Okay Boomer (henceforth OKb) meme gained traction in response to a short video made by an older American man, in which he demanded young people ‘grow … Continue reading ASA Paper Summaries


8th Biennial Conference on the Afroeuropeans Network Brussels, 7 – 10 July 2021 Keynote speakers: Philomena Essed – Cécile Kyenge – Kehinde Andrews The 8th Biennial Afroeuropeans Network Conference “Intersectional Challenges in Afroeuropean Communities” will take place from 7 – 10 July 2021 in Brussels, the capital of Europe. Hosted by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), this conference is the result of a long collaboration … Continue reading Announcements

Race and Culture Resource List

Thank you to our section members who helped compile this list of academic readings on culturalsociology and race. This living reference will be posted to the culture section website and periodicallyupdated. Our hope is that these resources will help deepen our collective knowledge and criticalreflexivity as a sociological community. If you’d like to add references to the list, please email yourcontributions to the Culture Newsletter … Continue reading Race and Culture Resource List

Four Questions For Cecilia Ridgeway

Dustin Stoltz (Lehigh University) interviews Cecilia Ridgeway (Stanford) on the past, present, and future of cultural analysis and sociology.   Dustin Stoltz: How​ ​ did​ ​ you​ ​ become​ ​ interested​ ​ in sociology and​ ​ the​ ​ study​ ​ of​ ​ culture?  My undergraduate background was in a joint sociology and psychology program in psychology at the University of Michigan, which was actually in … Continue reading Four Questions For Cecilia Ridgeway

Time, Culture, and Covid-19

John R. HallUC, Santa Cruz and Davis One hundred years ago, on June 14th, Max Weber, then 56, died of pneumonia, possibly a victim of the “Spanish flu.” Little more than a year earlier he’d given his “Politics as a vocation” lecture (Hall 2019). As Marianne Weber recounted, in his last days her husband anxiously engaged with German politics and debated the attractive but daunting … Continue reading Time, Culture, and Covid-19

The Mediatized President and the Pandemic

David L. AltheideArizona State University During the terrifying 2020 pandemic that was killing thousands of Americans, President Trump tweeted:  “President Trump is a ratings hit. Since reviving the daily White House briefing Mr. Trump and his coronavirus updates have attracted an average audience of 8.5 million on cable news, roughly the viewership of the season finale of ‘The Bachelor.’ Numbers are continuing to rise…(President Trump … Continue reading The Mediatized President and the Pandemic