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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
How are boundaries created between groups in society? And what do these boundaries have to do with social inequality?
In this pioneering collection of original essays, a group of leading scholars helps set the agenda for the sociology of culture by exploring the factors that push us to segregate and integrate and the institutional arrangements that shape classification systems. Each examines the power of culture to shape our everyday lives as clearly as does economics, and studies the dimensions along which boundaries are frequently drawn.
The essays cover four topic areas: the institutionalization of cultural categories, from morality to popular culture; the exclusionary effects of high culture, from musical tastes to the role of art museums; the role of ethnicity and gender in shaping symbolic boundaries; and the role of democracy in creating inclusion and exclusion.
The contributors are Jeffrey Alexander, Nicola Beisel, Randall Collins, Diana Crane, Paul DiMaggio, Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, Joseph Gusfield, John R. Hall, David Halle, Richard A. Peterson, Albert Simkus, Alan Wolfe, and Vera Zolberg.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Table of contents provided by Syndetics
- 1 Introduction
- Part One The Institutionalization of Cultural Categories
- 2 Cultural Boundaries and Structural Change: The Extension of the High Culture Model to Theater, Opera, and the Dance, 1900-1940
- 3 High Culture versus Popular Culture Revisited: A Reconceptualization of Recorded Cultures
- 4 Nature's Body and the Metaphors of Food
- 5 Constructing a Shifting Moral Boundary: Literature and Obscenity in Nineteenth-Century America
- Part Two High Culture and Exclusion
- 6 The Audience for Abstract Art: Class, Culture, and Power
- 7 How Musical Tastes Mark Occupational Status Groups
- 8 Barrier or Leveler? The Case of the Art Museum
- Part Three Resources for Boundary Work: The Case of Gender and Ethnicity
- 9 Women and the Production of Status Cultures
- 10 Tinkerbells and Pinups: The Construction and Reconstruction of Gender Boundaries at Work
- 11 The Capital(s) of Cultures: A Nonholistic Approach to Status Situations, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity
- Part Four Exclusion of the Polity
- 12 Citizen and Enemy as Symbolic Classification: On the Polarizing Discourse of Civil Society
- 13 Democracy versus Sociology: Boundaries and Their Political Consequences