Conference Report: ‘Installed Knowledge’ at the Science History Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 3. ‘Installed Knowledge’ at the Science History Institute, Philadelphia, PA Joseph Klett, Science History Institute After lunch on Monday, August 13, while ASA attendees were cramming into the ersatz salons of the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Marriott hotel, a clustering of sociologists stole away to a museum just down the street. … Continue reading Conference Report: ‘Installed Knowledge’ at the Science History Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Conference Report: How Does Culture Work?

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 3. How Does Culture Work? Theresa Hice Johnson, UC, Santa Cruz At Claudio Ezequiel Benzecry’s (Northwestern) session, “How Does Culture Work?”, Erika Summers-Effler (Univ. of Notre Dame), Chandra Mukerji (UC, San Diego), Clayton Childress (Univ. of Toronto), and Laura Grindstaff (UC, Davis) presented engaging original work related to the session’s goal … Continue reading Conference Report: How Does Culture Work?

Conference Report: Meaning-Making through the Lens of Cultural Cognition

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 3. Meaning-Making through the Lens of Cultural Cognition   Erica Zurawski, UC, Santa Cruz In a paper session organized by Daniel A. Winchester (Purdue) and presided by Dustin S. Stoltz (Univ. of Notre Dame), panelists presented their work around the topic of “Meaning-Making through the Lens of Cultural Cognition.”  This panel … Continue reading Conference Report: Meaning-Making through the Lens of Cultural Cognition

Four Questions for Orlando Patterson

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 3. Dustin Stoltz (Univ. of Notre Dame) interviews Orlando Patterson (Harvard) 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? Orlando Patterson: I came to sociology … Continue reading Four Questions for Orlando Patterson

Letter from the Chair, Fall 2018

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 3. Dear Culture Section, It has been about three months since we last saw one another in Philadelphia, but if you are like me, your head may still be buzzing with ideas emerging from our conversations there, both formal and informal. Culture section activities reflected what I see are the three … Continue reading Letter from the Chair, Fall 2018

Book Review: Contested Tastes: Foie Gras and the Politics of Food by Michaela DeSoucey

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Winter 2018. Vol. 30 Issue 1. Review of Contested Tastes: Foie Gras and the Politics of Food (Princeton, 2016) by Michaela DeSoucey,  2017 Culture section book award co- winner Reviewed by: Nino Bariola UT, Austin Some readers may at first deem foie gras—that French delicacy made of the liver of ducks or geese fattened by force-feeding—a trivial or frivolous … Continue reading Book Review: Contested Tastes: Foie Gras and the Politics of Food by Michaela DeSoucey