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

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