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

The Cultural Sociology Research Cluster in the Canadian Sociological Association and the CSA 2017 Annual Meeting

  Allyson Stokes & John McLevey, University of Waterloo In 2013, the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) started facilitating the creation and operation of official “research clusters.” Unlike ASA sections – which have been around far longer – the research clusters are managed very informally. Most do not have elected positions or subcommittees, and only a few offer scholarly awards or recognitions. The Sociology of Culture / … Continue reading The Cultural Sociology Research Cluster in the Canadian Sociological Association and the CSA 2017 Annual Meeting

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 

The Sociology of Art and Culture in Contemporary Québec: an Historical Overview

by Marcel Fournier, Full Professor, Université de Montréal[1] Sociology is at once a witness, a critic, and an actor of/in society. In Québec perhaps more than anywhere else the relationship between the sociology of art and culture on the one hand and Québecois society on the other has been a complex one–too complex to permit more than a superficial overview here. Concerns with art and … Continue reading The Sociology of Art and Culture in Contemporary Québec: an Historical Overview

ESA’s Culture Network CFP (last day to submit)

Call for Papers 6th midterm Conference of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network Sociology of Culture (RN7) 16-18 November 2016, Exeter, United Kingdom “Emergent Culture” The ESA Research Network Sociology of Culture announces its 6th midterm conference, which will take place from 16-18 November 2016 at the University of Exeter, UK. The European Sociological Association’s Research Network on the Sociology of Culture provides a global … Continue reading ESA’s Culture Network CFP (last day to submit)

Cars and Guns: Is There a Meaningful Connection?–By Mabel Berezin (Cornell University)

Following the recent Viriginia television team murders we’re reposting Mabel Berezin’s “Chair’s Message” (excerpt) in the Spring 2014 issue of the Culture Section’s Newsletter. It suggests why it is so difficult to get gun control in America from a cultural perspective.     Sociologists of various stripes structure their research around the general question: how do we know that we know it? In contrast, cultural sociologists … Continue reading Cars and Guns: Is There a Meaningful Connection?–By Mabel Berezin (Cornell University)