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Culture in Mind : Toward a Sociology of Culture and Cognition - Karen A. Cerulo

Culture in Mind

Toward a Sociology of Culture and Cognition

By: Karen A. Cerulo (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 13th December 2001
ISBN: 9780415929431
Number Of Pages: 318

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What is thought and how does one come to study and understand it? How does the mind work? Does cognitive science explain all the mysteries of the brain? This collection of fourteen original essays from some of the top sociologists in the country, including Eviatar Zerubavel, Diane Vaughan, Paul Dimaggio and Gary Alan Fine, among others, opens a dialogue between cognitive science and cultural sociology, encouraging a new network of scientific collaboration and stimulating new lines of social scientific research.
Rather than considering thought as just an individual act, "Culture in Mind" considers it in a social and cultural context. Provocatively, this suggests that our thoughts do not function in a vacuum: our minds are not alone. Covering such diverse topics as the nature of evil, the process of storytelling, defining mental illness, and the conceptualizing of the premature baby, these essays offer fresh insights into the functioning of the mind. Leaving the MRI behind, "Culture in Mind" will uncover the mysteries of how we think.

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""A spendid volume on cognitive sociology...Cerulo has done sociologists a great service.."" -Judith R. Blau, University of NC at Chapel Hill "Social scientists can choose among three approaches to the lively field of cognitive science: they can dismiss it as irrelevant to social structure; they can try reducing all social processes to straightforward expressions of cognitive events; or they can undertake the difficult effort of integrating cognitive processes with social relations. Karen Cerulo and her collaborators have boldly and rightly chosen the third way. They display the rich promise of taking the intersection of cognitive and interpersonal processes seriously.." -Viviana Zelizer, author of "The Social Meaning of Money "An outstanding collection..This volume makes a compelling case for the cultural and societal character of cognition. "Culture in Mind speaks powerfully to the seamless relationship of individuals to culture and society. The volumeis a fine read.." -Judith A. Howard, co-author of "Gendered Situations, Gendered Selves "How very welcome is this splendid volume on cognitive sociology. Karen Cerulo has done sociologists a great service by bringing together the various strands of this field and providing readers with clear examples, conceptual clarity, and a broad framework that will stimulate interest and research.." -Judith R. Blau, author of "The Shape of Culture

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Establishing a Sociology of Culture and Cognitionp. 1
Sensation and Attention
Sensation and Attention: An Introductionp. 15
The Elephant in the Room: Notes on the Social Organization of Denialp. 21
Signals and Interpretive Work: The Role of Culture in a Theory of Practical Actionp. 28
Discrimination and Classification
Discrimination and Classification: An Introductionp. 57
Commensuration and Cognitionp. 63
Preterm Babies in the "Mother Machine": Metaphoric Reasoning and Bureaucratic Rituals that Finish the "Unfinished Infant"p. 89
Cognition in Social Constructions: Market Rivalry Profile versus Cost Schedulep. 101
Representation and Integration
Representation and Integration: An Introductionp. 113
Moral Inquiry in Cultural Sociologyp. 123
Individualism ... Pro Tem: Reconsidering U.S. Social Relationsp. 135
Tracking Discoursep. 172
How Storytelling Can Be Empoweringp. 187
Storage and Retrieval
Storage and Retrieval: An Introductionp. 201
Honor, Dignity, and Collective Memory: Judging the Past in Korea and the United Statesp. 209
Thinking About Evil: Adolf Hitler and the Dilemma of the Social Construction of Reputationp. 227
Building Bridges
Building Bridges: An Introductionp. 241
Fixing a Foucault Sandwich: Cognitive Universals and Cultural Particulars in the Concept of Mental Disordersp. 245
Culture, Harmful Dysfunctions and the Sociology of Mental Illnessp. 267
Why Cognitive (and Cultural) Sociology Needs Cognitive Psychologyp. 274
Mapping the Fieldp. 283
Contributorsp. 294
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780415929431
ISBN-10: 0415929431
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 13th December 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1

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