Book Review: “Measuring Culture”

Mohr, John W., Bail, Christopher, Frye, Margaret, Lena, Jennifer, Lizardo, Omar, McDonnell, Terence, Mische, Ann, Tavory, Iddo, Wherry, Frederick. 2020. Measuring Culture. New York: Columbia University Press. Review by Alex van Venrooij (University of Amsterdam) In 2003, John Mohr wrote a short essay for this newsletter on what he thought other sociologists should know about cultural sociology. For Mohr, cultural sociology could potentially play a … Continue reading Book Review: “Measuring Culture”

Book Review: “Creating the Creation Museum”

Oberlin, Kathleen C. 2020. Creating the Creation Museum: How Fundamentalist Beliefs Come to Life. New York: NYU Press. Reviewed by Gemma Mangione On January 22, 2017, Kellyanne Conway — a senior adviser to then-president Donald J. Trump — defended the White House’s press secretary’s recent assessment that attendance numbers at Trump’s 2016 inauguration exceeded that of Barack Obama’s in 2008. Despite photo evidence to the … Continue reading Book Review: “Creating the Creation Museum”

Article Review: “Scents and Sensibility” reviewed by Nicholas Bascuñan-Wiley

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 2. Karen A. Cerulo Scents and Sensibility: Olfaction, Sense-Making, and Meaning Attribution (American Sociological Review, 2018) Review by Reviewed by Nicholas Bascuñan-Wiley Northwestern University Editor’s Note: Karen A. Cerulo’s article “Scents and Sensibility” won the 2019 Clifford Geertz (Best Article) award for the ASA section on Culture At the heart of … Continue reading Article Review: “Scents and Sensibility” reviewed by Nicholas Bascuñan-Wiley

Book Review: Gone Home, reviewed by Emily Handsman

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 2. Karida Brown Gone Home: Race and Roots Through Appalachia (UNC Press, 2018) Reviewed by Emily Handsman Northwestern University Editor’s Note: Karida Brown’s Gone Home won the 2019 Mary Douglas (best book) award for the ASA section on Culture. In Gone Home: Race and Roots Through Appalachia, Karida Brown invites the … Continue reading Book Review: Gone Home, reviewed by Emily Handsman

Book Review: Bin Xu, The Politics of Compassion

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. summer 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 1. 2018 WINNER of THE DOUGLAS PRIZE FOR BEST BOOK IN THE SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE  Bin Xu The Politics of Compassion: the Sichuan Earthquake and Civic Engagement in China (2017, Stanford University Press). Reviewed by Lily Liang (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Tens of thousands of ordinary Chinese citizens rushed to the southwestern … Continue reading Book Review: Bin Xu, The Politics of Compassion

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