Group cultures and subcultures

Gary Alan Fine*

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Abstract

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
Pages247-256
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781351974103
ISBN (Print)9781138288621
DOIs
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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