Living At Risk: Relations, Routines, and History

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Summer 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 1. Maricarmen Hernandez and Javier Auyero Ethnography Lab — Sociology Department UT-Austin In October of 2018, I (MC) arrived in the coastal city of Esmeraldas, Ecuador to carry out a year of ethnographic fieldwork in a contaminated informal community located next to the largest refinery and electric plant in the country. … Continue reading Living At Risk: Relations, Routines, and History

Vulnerabilities of Nature and Culture

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Summer 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 1. Chandra Mukerji UC San Diego It seems as though cultural sociologists have been moving away from studying culture and nature. But modernity is changing as the earth changes, and we need to pay attention. It is not a happy subject—the evidence of what moderns have done too often is a … Continue reading Vulnerabilities of Nature and Culture

When Culture Meets Nature

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Summer 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 1. Introduction: When Culture Meets Nature Hillary Angelo UC Santa Cruz Stefan Bargheer UC Los Angeles Nature is a topic that stands at once at the center and at the margins of cultural sociology. From its inception in the late 1980s until it gained the (somewhat short-lived) status as the ASA’s … Continue reading When Culture Meets Nature

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

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