Group cultures and subcultures

Gary Alan Fine*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Although it had once been conventional to treat culture as a “characteristic” or “feature” of societies, many cultural sociologists now emphasize the importance of examining cultures as actively constructed. This chapter explores the theoretical stakes of the shift to analyzing culture from a micro- or meso-level of analysis. Culture can be conceptualized as actions, material objects, performances, and forms of discourse used by groups. In this view, culture is a tool situated in local communities, shaping the contours of civic life. As a result, culture is tied to shared pasts and prospective futures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Cultural Sociology
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781351974103
ISBN (Print)9781138288621
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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