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CRESC: Culture, Economy and the Social


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This series establishes the importance of innovative contemporary, comparative and historical work on the relations between social, cultural and economic change. It publishes empirically-based research that is theoretically informed, that critically examines the ways in which social, cultural and economic change is framed and made visible, and that is attentive to perspectives that tend to be ignored or side-lined by grand theorising or epochal accounts of social change. The series addresses the diverse manifestations of contemporary capitalism, and considers the various ways in which the `social', `the cultural' and `the economic' are apprehended as tangible sites of value and practice. It is explicitly comparative, publishing books that work across disciplinary perspectives, cross-culturally, or across different historical periods.

We are particularly focused on publishing books in the following areas that fit with the broad remit of the series:

  • Cultural consumption
  • Cultural economy
  • Cities and urban change
  • Materiality, sociality and the post-human
  • Culture and media industries
  • Culture and governance
  • Emerging forms of cultural and economic practice

The series is actively engaged in the analysis of the different theoretical traditions that have contributed to critiques of the `cultural turn'. We are particularly interested in perspectives that engage with Bourdieu, Foucauldian approaches to knowledge and cultural practices, Actor-network approaches, and with those that are associated with issues arising from Deleuze's work around complexity, affect or topology. The series is equally concerned to explore the new agendas emerging from current critiques of the cultural turn: those associated with the descriptive turn for example. Our commitment to interdisciplinarity thus aims at enriching theoretical and methodological discussion, building awareness of the common ground has emerged in the past decade, and thinking through what is at stake in those approaches that resist integration to a common analytical model.

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Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures

Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Alex Wilkie, Martin Savransky, Marsha Rosengarten
November 25, 2019

Is another future possible? So called ‘late modernity’ is marked by the escalating rise in and proliferation of uncertainties and unforeseen events brought about by the interplay between and patterning of social–natural, techno–scientific and political-economic developments. The future has indeed...

Imitation, Contagion, Suggestion: On Mimesis and Society

Imitation, Contagion, Suggestion: On Mimesis and Society

1st Edition

Christian Borch
January 17, 2019

Terrorist attacks seem to mimic other terrorist attacks. Mass shootings appear to mimic previous mass shootings. Financial traders seem to mimic other traders. It is not a novel observation that people often imitate others. Some might even suggest that mimesis is at the core of human interaction....

Enter Culture, Exit Arts?: The Transformation of Cultural Hierarchies in European Newspaper Culture Sections, 1960–2010

Enter Culture, Exit Arts?: The Transformation of Cultural Hierarchies in European Newspaper Culture Sections, 1960–2010

1st Edition

Semi Purhonen, Riie Heikkilä, Irmak Karademir Hazir, Tina Lauronen, Carlos J. Fernández Rodríguez, Jukka Gronow
October 02, 2018

Key debates of contemporary cultural sociology – the rise of the ‘cultural omnivore’, the fate of classical ‘highbrow’ culture, the popularization, commercialization and globalization of culture – deal with temporal changes. Yet, systematic research about these processes is scarce due to the lack...

The Persistence of Taste: Art, Museums and Everyday Life After Bourdieu

The Persistence of Taste: Art, Museums and Everyday Life After Bourdieu

1st Edition

Malcolm Quinn, Dave Beech, Michael Lehnert, Carol Tulloch, Stephen Wilson
May 10, 2018

This book offers an interdisciplinary analysis of the social practice of taste in the wake of Pierre Bourdieu’s sociology of taste. For the first time, this book unites sociologists and other social scientists with artists and curators, art theorists and art educators, and art, design and cultural...

Studio Studies: Operations, Topologies & Displacements

Studio Studies: Operations, Topologies & Displacements

1st Edition

Ignacio Farías, Alex Wilkie
April 25, 2018

Consider the vast array of things around you, from the building you are in, the lights illuminating the interior, the computational devices mediating your life, the music in the background, even the crockery, furniture and glassware you are in the presence of. Common to all these objects is that...

Distinctions in the Flesh: Social Class and the Embodiment of Inequality

Distinctions in the Flesh: Social Class and the Embodiment of Inequality

1st Edition

Dieter Vandebroeck
April 25, 2018

The past decades have witnessed a surge of sociological interest in the body. From the focal point of aesthetic investment, political regulation and moral anxiety, to a means of redefining traditional conceptions of agency and identity, the body has been cast in a wide variety of sociological roles...

Film Criticism as a Cultural Institution

Film Criticism as a Cultural Institution

1st Edition

Huw Walmsley-Evans
April 06, 2018

At the beginning of the 21st century film criticism was described as in crisis. The decline of print journalism, a series of lay-offs of prominent critics, and the rise of "amateur" reviewing online spurred a conversation about the decline, even death, of film criticism. This discourse flourished...

A World Laid Waste?: Responding to the Social, Cultural and Political Consequences of Globalisation

A World Laid Waste?: Responding to the Social, Cultural and Political Consequences of Globalisation

1st Edition

Francis Dodsworth, Antonia Walford
March 07, 2018

Globalisation and neo-liberalism have seen the rise of new international powers, increasingly interlinked economies, and mass urbanisation. The internet, mobile communications and mass migration have transformed lives around the planet. For some, this has been positive and liberating, but it has...

Unpacking IKEA: Swedish Design for the Purchasing Masses

Unpacking IKEA: Swedish Design for the Purchasing Masses

1st Edition

Pauline Garvey
November 23, 2017

This book represents the first anthropological ethnography of Ikea consumption and goes to the heart of understanding the unique and at times frantic popularity of this one iconic transnational store. Based on a year of participant observation in Stockholm’s Kungens Kurva store – the largest in the...

The Known Economy: Romantics, Rationalists, and the Making of a World Scale

The Known Economy: Romantics, Rationalists, and the Making of a World Scale

1st Edition

Colin Danby
May 23, 2017

Why do critics and celebrants of globalization concur that international trade and finance represent an inexorable globe-bestriding force with a single logic? The Known Economy shows that both camps rest on the same ideas about how the world is scaled. Two centuries ago romantic and rationalist...

Markets and the Arts of Attachment

Markets and the Arts of Attachment

1st Edition

Franck Cochoy, Joe Deville, Liz McFall
May 18, 2017

The collection explores how sentiment and relations are organised in consumer markets. Social studies of economies and markets have much more to offer than simply adding some ‘context’, ‘culture’ or ‘soul’ to the analysis of economic practices. As this collection showcases, studying markets...

Theorizing Cultural Work: Labour, Continuity and Change in the Cultural and Creative Industries

Theorizing Cultural Work: Labour, Continuity and Change in the Cultural and Creative Industries

1st Edition

Mark Banks, Rosalind Gill, Stephanie Taylor
May 18, 2017

In recent years, cultural work has engaged the interest of scholars from a broad range of social science and humanities disciplines. The debate in this ‘turn to cultural work’ has largely been based around evaluating its advantages and disadvantages: its freedoms and its constraints, its informal...

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