Raging Against the Enlightenment: The Ideology of Steven Bannon

by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University  [A version of this contribution, published in Section Culture Vol. 29 #1-2, was originally delivered as a lecture at the Political Union at Yale University in April 2017] Steven K. Bannon has been called “Trump’s brain,” the man identified by David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, as the “individual who’s basically creating the ideological aspect of … Continue reading Raging Against the Enlightenment: The Ideology of Steven Bannon

On the NEA

by Jennifer Lena, Columbia University   (Originally published as part of Lena’s “Word from the Chair,” Section Culture,Newsletter of the Culture SectionVol. 29 #1-2)   In March 2017, the Trump administration released a budget proposal (“America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again”) that included the elimination of federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. (2) I am mindful that our large section … Continue reading On the NEA

Questions of culture for Geneviève Zubrzycki, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 

Interview originally published in Section Culture. Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Vol. 29 #1-2.   Last August you handed the skeptron, as Bourdieu would call it, of the Chair of the Culture Section over to Jenn Lena. Before we speak about your work can you tell us a bit about your experience heading the section?  It was such a rewarding experience! Because of the … Continue reading Questions of culture for Geneviève Zubrzycki, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 

Of Refugees and Migrants: Stigma, Politics, and Boundary Work at the Borders of Europe

By Raia Apostolova (Central European University) It is not exaggerated to say that “refugee” has become, over the past two weeks, a safe and consensual substitute for the discredited notion of ‘migrant’ in public discourse. As Bono, the voice of mainstream, Western good conscience put it : “We should not use the word migrant. Migrant is a political word that used to take away the … Continue reading Of Refugees and Migrants: Stigma, Politics, and Boundary Work at the Borders of Europe