Religion And Culture


Note these Minimal Related Theory-of-Culture Readings that Sociologists of Religion Ideally Should Know But are Not Formally Required to Know for the ND Doctoral Exam:

Alexander, Jeffrey. 1990. "Analytic Debates." Pp. 1-27 in Alexander and Seidman (eds.), Culture and Society: Contemporary Debates. Cambridge: Cambridge.

Bonnell, Victyoria and Lynn Hunt (eds.), Beyond the Cultural Turn. Berkeley: University of California Press (pp. 35-61).

Bourdieu, Pierre. 1977. "Structure, Habitus and Power: Basis for a Theory of Symbolic Power." Ch 4, Outline of a Theory of Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge.

Geertz, Clifford. 1973. "Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture." In Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures. Basic Books (pp. 3-30).

Hechter, Michael. 1993. "Should Norms be Written out of the Sociological Lexicon?" Sociological Theory. 10:2 (Fall): 214-230.

Sahlins, Marshal. 1976. Culture and Practical Reason. Chicago Press (pp. vii-x, 166-204).

Sewell, William. 1992. "A Theory of Structure." American Journal of Sociology. 98:1 (July).

Smith, Philip. 2001. Cultural Theory: An Introduction. Blackwell. [best introductory overview of culture theory available]

Swartz, David. 1997. Culture and Power. Chicago: Chicago. (Chs. 1-6, 9).

Swidler, Ann. 1986. "Culture in Action: Symbols and Strategies." American Sociological Review. 51: 273-286.

Williams, Raymond. 1983. "Culture." Keywords. Oxford: Oxford. (pp. 87-93).

Wuthnow, Robert. 1987. Meaning and Moral Order. Berkeley: California. (Chs. 1-3, 5, 9-10)

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