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AIDS and American Apocalypticism
AIDS and American Apocalypticism (July 2005)
The Cultural Semiotics of an Epidemic
Thomas L. Long - Author

Looks at how both anti-gay and AIDS activists use apocalyptic language to describe the AIDS crisis.

Since public discourse about AIDS began in 1981, it has characterized AIDS as an apocalyptic plague: a punishment for sin and a sign of the end of the world. Christian fundamentalists had already configured the gay male population most visibly affected by AIDS as apocalyptic signifiers or signs of the "end times.&q...(Read More)
Landscapes of Abandonment
Landscapes of Abandonment (October 2003)
Capitalism, Modernity, and Estrangement
Roger A. Salerno - Author

Examines the relationship of modern life, including modern capitalism, to feelings and phenomena of abandonment.

Using social theory and cultural analysis, Roger A. Salerno explores the relationship of abandonment to the construction of contemporary capitalistic cultures. Beginning with an array of narratives on the emergence of capitalism in the West and its undermining of traditional social institutions and structures...(Read More)
A Diagnosis for Our Times
A Diagnosis for Our Times (June 2003)
Alternative Health, from Lifeworld to Politics
Matthew Schneirov - Author
Jonathan David Geczik - Author

Explores Americans' increasing attraction to alternative medicine by looking at two alternative health networks, one "New Age," the other conservative Christian.

Despite having one of the most advanced systems of medicine in the world, American consumers are increasingly turning to alternative medicine. Through a study of two alternative health networks, one "New Age" and the other conservative Chris...(Read More)
Who Is My Neighbor?
Who Is My Neighbor? (September 1999)
Social Affinity in a Modern World
James A. Vela-McConnell - Author

Points the way toward a world in which we might feel more connected to and responsible for each other.

In a world which often is labeled a "global village," who exactly is our neighbor? Who is My Neighbor? explores the emergence of what is called "social affinity," a concept bridging classical notions of social cohesion with contemporary social psychology. The ideas underlying social affinity focus on the...(Read More)
French Intellectual Nobility
French Intellectual Nobility (November 1996)
Institutional and Symbolic Transformations in the Post-Sartrian Era
Niilo Kauppi - Author

The first study to examine the conditions that led to the production of theories like "structuralism" and "poststructuralism."

"There is not, to my knowledge, any work in English or in French that does such a good job of integrating the historical and the structural. Kauppi's sociological perspective allows him to see better than most what ties together Foucault, Bourdieu, and Derrida; to see the commonalities of the dis...(Read More)
Moral Codes and Social Structure in Ancient Greece
Moral Codes and Social Structure in Ancient Greece (July 1996)
A Sociology of Greek Ethics From Homer to the Epicureans and Stoics
Joseph M. Bryant - Author

"This is a challenging reappraisal of major developments in Greek society between the Dark Ages and the flowering of Hellenistic culture. Historians of Greek political life and of Greek philosophy will need to think again about the relationships between social structures and philosophical ethics, between brute economic or material facts and moral ideology. Bryant makes a strong case for the pertinence of historical sociology of a broadly Weberian ki...(Read More)
Notes from Underground
Notes from Underground (July 1995)
Rock Music Counterculture in Russia
Thomas Cushman - Author

Describes the Russian rock music counterculture and how it is changing in response to Russia's transition from a socialist to a capitalist society. It explores the lived experiences, the thoughts and feelings of the rock musicians as they meet the challenges of change.

Choice Outstanding Academic Books 1996

"Not only is this book's argument brilliant, but it is also extremely well writt...(Read More)
Novels, Novelists, and Readers
Novels, Novelists, and Readers (July 1991)
Toward a Phenomenological Sociology of Literature
Mary F. Rogers - Author

"This is one of the most ambitious works in the sociology of literature that I have recently seen. It asks big questions and the author is not afraid to do the kind of intensive and extensive reading and thinking necessary to answer those questions. This is the first book I have seen that uses a phenomenological perspective to ask about novels, readers, authors, the act of reading, and the publishing industry." -- Gaye Tuchman, City University of ...(Read More)
Commonplaces (July 1990)
Community Ideology and Identity in American Culture
David M. Hummon - Author

This book interprets popular American belief and sentiment about cities, suburbs, and small towns in terms of community ideologies. Based on in-depth interviews with residents of American communities, it shows how people construct a sense of identity based on their communities, and how they perceive and explain community problems (e.g., why cities have more crime than their suburban and rural counterparts) in terms of this identity.

Hummon r...(Read More)
Art and Society
Art and Society (July 1989)
Readings in the Sociology of the Arts
Arnold W. Foster - Editor
Judith R. Blau - Editor

There is currently no reader in print that provides a broad ranging overview for an undergraduate course on the sociology of the arts or the sociology of culture. This book remedies this situation as it provides students with an overall understanding of the current issues, theoretical approaches, and substantive contributions in the sociology of the arts.

Included are chapters on the aesthetic meaning of art; the social and institutional pro...(Read More)
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