Monthly Archives: September 2014

Milke, M. 1999. “Social Comparisons, Reflected Appraisals, and Mass Media: The Impact of Pervasive Beauty Images on Black and White Girls’ Self-Concepts.”

Milke, Melissa A. 1999. “Social Comparisons, Reflected Appraisals, and Mass Media: The Impact of Pervasive Beauty Images on Black and White Girls’ Self-Concepts.” Social Psychology Quarterly 62 (2): 190-210. Quantitative studies tend to demonstrate strong, negative impacts of media on the self; however, qualitative work demonstrates that individuals have more agency in selecting, interpreting, and […]

Swidler, A. 1986. “Culture in Action: Symbols and Strategies.”

Swidler, Ann. 1986. “Culture in Action: Symbols and Strategies.” American Sociological Review 51 (2): 273-286. Culture influences action not through providing values, but by providing a toolkit of habits, skills, and styles. In settled cultural periods (stasis), culture independently influence action through providing resources for diverse actions; unsettled periods offer explicit ideologies to directly govern […]

Hirsch, P. 1972. “Processing Fads and Fashions: An Organization-Set Analysis of Cultural Industry Systems.”

Hirsch, Paul M. 1972. “Processing Fads and Fashions: An Organization-Set Analysis of Cultural Industry Systems.” American Journal of Sociology 77 (4): 639-659. Cultural production and mass distribution by organizations face uncertainty in their input and outputs. Examines book publishing, phonograph records, motion pictures. Consumption of these goods is non-material, aesthetic – rather than utilitarian. Organizations […]

Peterson, R. and D. Berger. 1975. “Cycles in Symbol Production: The Case of Popular Music.”

Peterson, Richard A. and David G. Berger. 1975. “Cycles in Symbol Production: The Case of Popular Music.” American Sociological Review 40 (April): 158-173. Questions that cultural forms, here music, go through cycles. Analyzes 26 years of music, finding that periods of homogeneity concentrate the market, while competition in the market fosters diversity in music forms. […]

Carley, K. 1994. “Extracting Culture through Textual Analysis.”

Carley, Kathleen. 1994. “Extracting Culture through Textual Analysis.” Poetics 22: 291 – 312. Language as window to mind, window to culture. Analyzing texts can lend insight into cognition and culture. Focuses on the primacy of individual cognition as representative and patterning of culture. Content analysis as primary means of textual analysis in culture, but argues […]

Wolff, J. 1999. “Cultural Studies and the Sociology of Culture.”

Wolff, Janet. 1999. “Cultural Studies and the Sociology of Culture.” Invisible Culture 31. Sociology has been absent in visual and cultural studies – sociology of culture versus cultural sociologists – notes (at the time) focus on positivistic and qualitative methods in American sociology, inclusion of new historicism, post-colonial, and post-feminist approaches. Promotes attention paid to […]

Thomas, S. 1994. “Artifactual Study in the Analysis of a Culture: A Defense of Content Analysis in a Postmodern Age.”

Thomas, Sari. 1994. “Artifactual Study in the Analysis of Culture: A Defense of Content Analysis in a Postmodern Age.” Communication Research 21 (6): 683-697. There is worth in doing content/artifactual analysis in a post-modern age, particularly in study of mass-culture artifacts (shows, movies, books, etc.) AS has been opposed by many postmodern, poststructuralist (Derridean desconstruction, […]