Four Questions for Angèle Christin

Bo Yun Park (University of California, Berkeley) interviews Angèle Christin (Stanford University) about her book, Metrics at Work Tell us a little about yourself, your research, and any info on your future career plans you’d like to share.  These days I usually define myself as an ethnographer of work and technology, mostly because I spend a lot of time with computer scientists and engineers in … Continue reading Four Questions for Angèle Christin

Book Review

Scripting the Moves Golann, J. W. 2021. Scripting the Moves: Culture and Control in a” No-Excuses” Charter School. Princeton University Press Reviewed by Peter Francis Harvey (University of Pennsylvania) During Monty Python’s classic comedy movie, The Life of Brian, the titular character wakes one morning to find an enormous, adoring crowd camped outside his window. Believing him to be the messiah, they call in unison for … Continue reading Book Review

ASA Culture Section 2021

Summary of ASA Panels A. Report on Panel New Perspectives in Sociology of Art and Music: BIPOC Artists and Creative Agency Organized by Fiona Greenland (University of Virginia)and Patricia Banks (Mount Holyoke College) Race has historically been a neglected topic in sociology of art. Studies of how art is produced, evaluated, collected, and displayed have typically had little to say on the contributions of racialized … Continue reading ASA Culture Section 2021

Letter from the Chair, Fall 2021

Greetings to all Culture Section members as we near the end of yet another challenging semester. We may be back in the classrooms (for the most part), but the pandemic is not over yet, and we are far from being “back to normal.” While it feels wonderful to be “in the room” with real human beings after an isolating year, other challenges seem to have … Continue reading Letter from the Chair, Fall 2021

Memorial: John Ryan

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Spring 2021. Vol. 35 Issue 5. John Ryan, professor of sociology at Virginia Tech, died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest at his home on February 23, 2021. After growing up in Rochester, New York, as a devoted rock and roller and baseball fan, John headed south to Morgantown, West Virginia, where he graduated from West Virginia University … Continue reading Memorial: John Ryan

Memorial: Barry Schwartz

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Spring 2021. Vol. 35 Issue 5. January 6 of this year at age 82.  An original thinker and a generous spirit, his writing and his mentorship helped create the contemporary sociology of culture.  A number of his colleagues have contributed to this group remembrance:  Robin Wagner-Pacifici, Gary Alan Fine, Michael Schudson, Yael Zerubavel, Vered Vinitsky-Seroussi, and … Continue reading Memorial: Barry Schwartz