Cultural Sociology Series – Palgrave MacMillan

Jeffrey Alexander, Philip Smith, David Inglis and Ron Eyerman, editors




Jeffrey Alexander, Philip Smith and Matthew Norton, Editors

Interpreting Clifford Geertz: Cultural Investigation in the Social Sciences

Theorist Clifford Geertz’s influence extends far beyond anthropology. Indeed the case could be made that he has been abandoned by anthropology and that his legacy has been transferred to a more diffuse community of scholars interested in interpretation. This volume reflects the breadth of his influence, looking at Geertz as a theorist rather than as an anthropologist. To date, there has been no impartial, comprehensive, and authoritative work published on this critical figure. Contributors include an interdisciplinary team of leading scholars investigating the three core components of contested legacy: theory, method, and writing.

Anne Kane

Constructing Irish Nationalist Identity:
Ritual and Discourse during the Land War, 1879-1882

A major statement in both historical and cultural sociology,Constructing Irish Nationalist Identity: Ritual and Discourse during the Land War, 1879-1882, provides a theoretical and methodological model for analyzing symbolic and social transformation in major historical events. Synthesizing the strong program in cultural sociology with eventful temporality, Anne Kane demonstrates the construction of political alliance and the emergence of a counter hegemonic cultural structure over the course of a political movement and campaign. Through deep analysis of the discursive struggles of contentious participants–tenant farmers, nationalists, and the Irish Catholic Church–in the multitudinous enchained ritualistic events of the Irish Land War, Kane illuminates the construction of a reconfigured Irish Nationalist Identity.

Jeffrey C. Alexander, Dominik Bartmanski, and Bernhard Giesen, Editors

Iconic Power: Materiality and Meaning in Social Life

Iconic Power is a collection of original articles that explores social aspects of the phenomenon of icon. Having experienced the benefits and realized the limitations of so called “linguistic turn,” sociology has recently acknowledged a need to further expand its horizons. “Visual sociology” is emerging as a separate field and prominent scholars announce the coming of “the pictorial turn.” The methods and themes taken up in these studies respond to this shift in social scientific interest. Each contribution to this book carefully tests the analytic purchase and empirical implications of iconicity. If we can succeed in understanding the iconic, we should be able to know our culture much better.