The Power of Speculative Fiction in Politics: Foucault’s Prophetic Truth

Chandra Mukerji (UC San Diego) Donald Trump’s lies galvanize his base. His followers cheer the loudest for outrageous claims. The crowds are energized by his hubris, treating his fantasies as exciting rather than misinterpretations of facts. Asking epistemological questions about his statements may be important to politics and journalism, but it is bad sociology. It does not explain how clear fictions could be so politically … Continue reading The Power of Speculative Fiction in Politics: Foucault’s Prophetic Truth

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”

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

Podcasting for Sociologists: lessons learned from making an international teaching podcast on culture and inequality in pandemic times

By Luuc Brans and Giselinde Kuipers – Center for Sociological Research, KU Leuven, Belgium  As COVID-19 lockdowns swept across university campuses in early 2020, academics around the world shifted their teaching to virtual platforms. As students and their tutors soon found out, online teaching was challenging. Students found online lectures boring, academics found the lectures exhausting to deliver, class discussions were difficult to stimulate, and … Continue reading Podcasting for Sociologists: lessons learned from making an international teaching podcast on culture and inequality in pandemic times