Sociology Index

Culture And Cultural Studies

What is Culture? and how cultural meanings are formed and changed. Culture cannot be easily defined, nor is there a consensus as to what exactly the concept should include. We need to explore the concept of human culture. This interest in Culture And Cognition is different from the sociology of culture and cultural studies generally conceived in two ways. Culture includes all socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs and institutions. We see CyberCulture in social interaction, in chatroom communication and in video-conferencing. Culture also includes customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group. Culture is the pattern of human behavior that includes thought, speech, action, and artifacts. Culture reflects the human capacity for learning and the devolution of knowledge to succeeding generations including intellectual and artistic activity and the works produced by it. Sociological studies of fashion culture relate the studies of fashion to two central sociological themes: social control and social change. Consumer Culture,  theory includes theories from Fashion Culture and Popular Culture.

If the process of learning is an essential characteristic of culture, then teaching also is a crucial characteristic. The way culture is taught and reproduced is itself an important component of culture. The essential feature of culture is that people learn culture. Many qualities of human life are transmitted genetically. An adult's specific desire for a particular diet in the morning is not genetic, it is a learned or rather cultural response. Culture, as a body of learned behaviors common to a given human society is of predictable form and content, shaping behavior and consciousness within a human society from generation to generation. This "cultural template" may be in place prior to the birth of an individual person. If the process of learning is an essential characteristic of culture, then teaching also is a crucial characteristic. The way culture is taught and reproduced is itself an important component of culture.

Culture And Cultural Studies Abstracts

Sociology and cultural studies: rhetorics of disciplinary identity 
Gregor McLennan, History of the Human Sciences, Vol. 11, No. 3, 1-17 (1998)
Explores the interface between cultural studies and sociology, as expressed through four scenarios which construe the 'debate' in particular ways.

The cultural studies' crossroads blues 
Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina 
European Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1, 65-82 (1998)
The need to delimit the field of cultural studies, proposing that the specificity of cultural studies as a way of politicizing theory and theorizing politics is given by its radical contextuality.

There is no South Korea in South Korean Cultural Studies: Beyond the Colonial Condition of Knowledge Production 
Myungkoo Kang, Seoul National University. 
Journal of Communication Inquiry, Vol. 28, No. 3, 253-268 (2004)
Examines the colonial condition of cultural studies in South Korea that has brought this new stream of thought to both the social sciences and the humanities.

Historical returns: Transdisciplinarity, cultural studies and history 
Richard Johnson, Nottingham Trent University 
European Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 4, No. 3, 261-288 (2001)
What cultural studies wants from history. 'Transdisciplinarity', a new context for cultural studies, created by the 'cultural turn' in humanities and social sciences more generally.

Stealing Cultural Studies: Dialogues With Norman K. Denzin 
C. Richard King, Washington State University - Journal of Sport & Social Issues, Vol. 30, No. 4, 383-394 (2006). It is an interview encouraging Denzin to reflect on his work. The methods pioneered by Denzin to bring his reflections into conversation with others in critical studies of sport and society.

Coming to Terms with Cultural Studies 
David L. Andrews, Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland and De Montfort University, United Kingdom 
This article represents an abbreviated call to intellectual specificity in response to the growing presence of cultural studies within the sociology of leisure sport.

Social world approach to cultural studies
Mass Media and Gender in the Adolescent Peer Group 
MELISSA A. MILKIE - Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Vol. 23, No. 3, 354-380 (1994). Abstract: Cultural sociologists and those studying socialization share an interest in understanding the ways in which media are important within social life.

Banality, book publishing and the everyday life of cultural studies 
Ted Striphas, Ohio University, USA - International Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 5, No. 4, 438-460 (2002). Abstract: This article explores the institutionalization of cultural studies relative to changes taking place in North American universities and the global book publishing industry.

Beyond Analytic Critique: Cultural Studies and/as Alternative Media Network
Vincent Rocchio, Communication Studies, Northeastern University
Abstract: Fredric Jameson’s theory of positive hermeneutics with network distribution theory of New Media Studies. How Cultural Studies can function as an alternative media network whose discourses could circulate within mainstream culture.

Towards a Map of the Current Critical Debate about Latin American Cultural Studies. Julio ORTEGA. Abstract: Julio Ortega surveys the shifting disciplinary, critical, and methodological paradigms used to study Latin American culture in both the United States and Latin America.

Nabokov and World Literature - Charles Stanley Ross thinks through the relationship between comparative literature and cultural studies - Charles Stanley Ross. Abstract: The relationship between comparative literature and cultural studies. Nabokov's works are not susceptible to the kind of interpretations favored by the Norton's editors.

The Study of Culture: Cultural Studies and British Sociology Compared 
Steve Baron, University of Stirling, Scotland - Acta Sociologica, Vol. 28, No. 2, 71-85 (1985). Abstract: The emergence of Cultural Studies is traced and its current place is assessed. The changes in Cultural Studies since its inception.

Black Cultural Studies - David Marriott, University of Santa Cruz 
Abstract: This chapter focuses on books published in the field of black cultural studies in 2004.

Cultural Studies: General - TONY PURVIS 
Abstract: This chapter is divided into three sections: 1. Theoretical and Critical Accounts; 2. Surveys and Critical Introductions; 3. Introductions to Theorists.

Cultural Studies in Japan - An Interview with Shunya Yoshimi, Tomoko Tamari, Nottingham Trent University - Theory, Culture & Society, Vol. 23, No. 7-8, (2006)
Abstract: Current developments of cultural studies in Japan. Cultural studies has been questioning the relationship between meaning and power in everyday life. It is inevitable for cultural studies to ask questions about the politics, if are to develop knowledge of cultural production and cultural consumption.

Reflections on the Development of Cultural Studies in Japan - Tomoko Tamari, Nottingham Trent University - Theory, Culture & Society, Vol. 23, No. 7-8, (2006)
Abstract: Although Japan had its own distinctive ‘pre-history’ of cultural studies, which produced some excellent research on popular culture. An important new development in cultural studies in Japan is Cultural Typhoon.

Media Cultural Studies' Uncomfortable Embrace of Ethnography - Patrick D. Murphy 
Journal of Communication Inquiry, Vol. 23, No. 3, 205-221 (1999)
Abstract: This article explores ethnography's place in media cultural studies by examining obstacles that have frustrated ethnographic practice.

Telemedicine in South Dakota - A Cultural Studies Approach 
WARREN BAREISS, Austin College, Sherman, TX - New Media & Society, Vol. 3, No. 3, 327-355 (2001)
Abstract: Telemedicine has been widely hailed as a means of administering health care to rural areas where doctors are scarce. This study develops a cultural studies perspective in order to examine how social relationships are negotiated with regard to telemedicine in a particular context.

Media Wars: Journalism, cultural and media studies in Australia - Graeme Turner, Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland, Australia - Journalism, Vol. 1, No. 3, 353-365 (2000)
Abstract: The relationship between journalism and cultural studies in the tertiary education system in Australia has never been a comfortable one.

How can global journalists represent the 'Other'?: A critical assessment of the cultural studies concept for media practice 
Elfriede Fursich, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA - Journalism, Vol. 3, No. 1, 57-84 (2002). Abstract: Many cultural studies scholars analyze media texts to show evidence of problematic representations of the 'Other'. The cultural studies concept of 'Representing the Other' is helpful as a model for text and media critique.

Cultural Studies, Critical Theory and Cultural Governance 
Kenneth Thompson, Open University - International Sociology, Vol. 16, No. 4, 593-605 (2001). Abstract: In the light of the 'cultural turn' in sociology, the search for new sources of critical theory, might begin by considering the contributions of the interdisciplinary field of cultural studies, the lessons to be learned from the Frankfurt School.

Problems in the Study of Democratization in Latin America - Regime Analysis vs Cultural Studies 
Paulo J. Krischke, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil, International Sociology, Vol. 15, No. 1, 107-125 (2000)
Abstract: The study of democratization in Latin America, regime analysis and cultural studies, showing that they make important contributions to the understanding of elite behavior during institutional changes.

Theorizing in Qualitative Research: A Cultural Studies Perspective 
Pertti Alasuutari, University of Tampere, Finland - Qualitative Inquiry, Vol. 2, No. 4, 371-384 (1996). Abstract: The interplay between empirical evidence research and theory in constructionist or cultural studies qualitative research. In cultural studies, theories are seen as different frameworks, not as universal theories about social mechanisms.

Cultural Studies in Germany Revisited - Horak R.
Source: Cultural Studies , Volume 16, Number 6, 1 November 2002, pp. 884-895(12)
Abstract: Takes up the arguments developed in the essay 'Cultural Studies in Germany (and Austria): why is there no such thing?.' It refers only to the German reception of cultural studies.

Teaching Nomadism: Inter/Cultural Studies in the Context of Translation Studies - Russell West
Source: Critical Studies, Cultural Studies: Interdisciplinarity and Translation. Edited by Stefan Herbrechter., pp. 161-176(16)
Abstract: Anglo-American Cultural Studies in an international context, that of translation studies degrees in contemporary Europe.

Violence in the Workplace of Professional Sport from Victimological and Cultural Studies Perspectives - Kevin Young, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary - International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Vol. 26, No. 1, 3-13 (1991)
Abstract: Although the past few decades have seen a considerable growth in the number of victimological studies, these studies have generally been based on traditional notions of crime and victim.

Understanding the Relationships between Women and Sport: The Contribution of British Feminist Approaches in Leisure and Cultural Studies - Margaret Talbot, Carnegie Department, Leeds Polytechnic, Leeds. 
Abstract: The paper argues that because of the partial development of sports sociology in Britain, academic work on women and sociology of leisure sport has been rooted in cultural studies.

Scientific Literacy and Cultural Studies Project Abstract 
To date, science educators have not studied what students and teachers believe about the world, beliefs rooted and nurtured in the cultural environments in which students and teachers live. American society is increasingly pluralistic, and there are several cultural subgroups traditionally underrepresented in science.

Bourdieu, the Sociology of Culture and Cultural Studies: A Critique - Mary S. Mander 
European Journal of Communication, Vol. 2, No. 4, 427-453 (1987)
Abstract: The contributions and the drawbacks of the work of French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. Habitus and symbolic violence, terms central to Bourdieu's thought are explicated. The problematics of the social scientist as social subject, are treated.

Cultural Studies, Critical Theory and Critical Discourse Analysis: Histories, Remembering and Futures - Terry Threadgold (Cardiff) - Explores some of the histories which inevitably connect, but differentiate, critical discourse analysis and cultural studies. Both are strongly influenced by the versions of critical theory which have been characterised as ‘postmodernism’ and ‘poststructuralism.’

Cultural analysis within linguistics - Is linguistics part of cultural studies? 
Kulturanalyse in der Linguistik - Ist Linguistik eine Kulturwissenschaft?
Herausgeberin/Editor: Antje Hornscheidt -

Forum: Cultural Geography and Cultural Studies - Geographical Research 44 (4), 418–418. Abstract: Discusses linkages between cultural geography and allied 'cultural' disciplines.

John Kucich, University of Michigan
Abstract: Guillory remarks that the social marginalization of literary studies reflected in the job crisis coincides with its strident.

Cultural studies and discourse analysis: A dialogue on language and identity. London: Sage, 2001. Pp. viii, 192. Pb. - CHRIS BARKER & DARIUSZ GALASINSKI, Diana Eades, Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawai'i. Abstract: What do these terms from the discipline of cultural studies mean? If these are questions you have found yourself pondering, then Cultural studies and discourse analysis is a book you should read.

Television and cultural studies: Unfinished business 
Graeme Turner, University of Queensland, Australia 
International Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 4, No. 4, 371-384 (2001)
Abstract: Argues that the current state of debate on television within cultural studies is marked by considerable areas of theoretical and political uncertainty.

Books On Culture and Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice - KINDLE EDITION - EBOOK - Dr. Chris Barker

Cultural Studies - KINDLE EDITION - EBOOK -  Lawrence Grossberg

Raymond Williams's Sociology of Culture : A Critical Reconstruction Book by Paul Jones

Freaks, Geeks and Cool Kids: American Teenagers, Schools, and the Culture of Consumption Book by Murray, Jr. Milner

Cultures of Taste/Theories of Appetite : Eating Romanticism Book by Timothy Morton

The Rise of a Jazz Art World Book by Paul Lopes

The Cultural Industries Book by David Hesmondhalgh

Cultural Sociology in Practice (21st-Century Sociology) Book by Laura Desfor Edles

Cultural Theory: The Key Thinkers (Routledge Key Guides)
Book by Andrew Edgar, Peter Sedgwick (Editors)

Cultural Theory: The Key Concepts (Routledge Key Guides) Book by Peter Sedgewick, Andrew Edgar (Editors)

Class-Passing: Social Mobility In Film And Popular Culture Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

The Minds of Marginalized Black Men: Making Sense of Mobility, Opportunity, and Future Life Chances (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology) Book by Alford A., Jr. Young

Comparative Studies of Culture and Power (Comparative Social Research) Fredrik Engelstad

Confronting Culture: Sociological Vistas Book by David Inglis

The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology Book by Jeffrey C. Alexander

Sociology On Culture Book by John R. Hall, Mary Jo Neitz, Marshall Battani

Prime Time Animation: Television Animation and American Culture
Book by Carole A. Stabile (Editor), Mark Harrison (Editor)

Visual Culture Book by Richard Howells

Contemporary Cultural Theory Book by Andrew Milner, Jeff Browitt

The Claims of Culture : Equality and Diversity in the Global Era Book by Seyla Benhabib

A Glossary of Cultural Theory Book by Peter Brooker.