Symposium: Elites, Cultural Bias, and Ideas as Drivers of Economic Advance: Comments on A Culture of Growth

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Spring 2020, Vol 32. Issue 1 Book Symposium: A Culture of Growth (2018, Princeton) David Mitch Professor of Economics, Univ. of Maryland Joel Mokyr has produced a masterful collection of 17 essays on the relationship between early modern European intellectual life and subsequent European economic growth.  The book’s spotlight on the early modern period is something … Continue reading Symposium: Elites, Cultural Bias, and Ideas as Drivers of Economic Advance: Comments on A Culture of Growth

Symposium: Four Questions To Mokyr’s A Cultural of Growth

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Spring 2020, Vol 32. Issue 1 Book Symposium: A Culture of Growth (2018, Princeton) Steve Pincus Thomas Donnelly Professor of History Univ. of Chicago Joel Mokyr’s Culture of Growth is a remarkable achievement.  Mokyr has produced a cultural account of the origins of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Divergence, or the Great Enrichment based on deep … Continue reading Symposium: Four Questions To Mokyr’s A Cultural of Growth

Symposium: Culture, Useful Knowledge, and A Belief in Human Agency

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Spring 2020, Vol 32. Issue 1 Book Symposium: A Culture of Growth (2018, Princeton) Joel Mokyr Professor of Economics Northwestern University It is almost intimidating to have four of the world’s most distinguished scholars — two economists, two historians — comment on one’s book, and describe it in such flattering terms. That there would be some … Continue reading Symposium: Culture, Useful Knowledge, and A Belief in Human Agency

Four Questions For Steven Lukes

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Spring 2020, Vol 32. Issue 1 Dustin S. Stoltz (Univ. of Notre Dame) interviews Steven Lukes (New York University) on the past, present, and future of cultural analysis and sociology Dustin Stoltz: How ​ did​ ​ you​ ​ become​ ​ interested​ ​ in sociology and​ ​ the​ ​ study​ ​ of​ ​ culture? Steven Lukes: Originally, … Continue reading Four Questions For Steven Lukes

Roundtable: Why I study maintenance and repair

Originally published in Section Culture: Newsletter of the ASA Culture Section. Fall 2019. Vol. 31 Issue 2. Lara Houston At particular moments, the historically invisible work of maintenance and repair takes on a renewed importance. Today in the social sciences, maintenance and repair – as overarching themes and topics – are finding new audiences. Perhaps this is because so many taken-for-granted orders appear to be breaking down … Continue reading Roundtable: Why I study maintenance and repair

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