(p. ix) List of Contributors
(p. ix) List of Contributors
is Professor of Sociology, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development, and Co-director of the Center for Organizational Research at the University of California, Irvine. Her research examines the social, cultural, and emotional influences on economic phenomena, globalization, and postsocialism. She is the coauthor or coeditor of six books, most recently, Money Talks: Explaining How Money Really Works (with F. Wherry and V. Zelizer).
Brittany Pearl Battle
is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University. Her work examines the child support system and the consequences of state intervention in the family, specifically exploring the influence of norms of morality and deservingness in the use of shame, the conceptualization of parenthood and family, and the criminal justice and economic consquences of involvement with the system. She is a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow and American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program recipient.
Wayne H. Brekhus
is Professor of Sociology at the University of Missouri. His research interests include the cultural sociology of cognition, the sociology of identities, social markedness and unmarkedness, and developing sociological theory. He is the author of Culture and Cognition: Patterns in the Social Construction of Reality; Peacocks, Chameleons, Centaurs: Gay Suburbia and the Grammar of Social Identity, and Sociologia dell’inavvertito (translated into Italian by Lorenzo Sabetta). He is currently writing a book on the sociology of identities.
Karen A. Cerulo
is a Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. She is pastVice President of the Eastern Sociological Society and the current editor of Sociological Forum, the flagship journal of the Eastern Sociological Society. Her articles appear in a wide variety of journals, annuals, and collections. She also is the author of Never Saw It Coming: Cultural Challenges to Envisioning the Worst, Deciphering Violence: The Cognitive Order of Right and Wrong, and Identity Designs: The Sights and Sounds of a Nation—winner of the Culture Section of the American Sociological Association’s Best Book Award, 1996. She also coauthored Second Thoughts: Seeing Conventional Wisdom through the Sociological Eye, and edited a collection titled Culture in Mind: Toward a Sociology of Culture and Cognition. Cerulo served as the chair of the American Sociological Association’s Culture Section (2009 through 2010), and she functions as the section’s network coordinator, and the director of the Culture and Cognition Network. In 2013, she was named the Robin M. Williams Jr. Lecturer by the Eastern Sociological Society, and she also won that organization’s 2013 Merit Award.
(p. x) Paul Chilton
is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at Lancaster University, United Kingdom, with a multidisciplinary research background. He is currently a visiting academic in the Centre for Applied Linguistics, at the University of Warwick, where he formerly taught and published in the field of French Renaissance studies. At the time of the collapse of the Cold War, he was researching the discourse of international conflict in the Centre for International Security and Arms Control, at Stanford, producing the book Security Metaphors. Having returned to linguistic theorizing, he recently published Language, Space, and Mind. Turning to a neglected area of human experience where language is crucial, he has coedited, with Monika Kopytowska, an interdisciplinary collection of papers on Religion, Language, and the Human Mind.
is Associate Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He specializes in the areas of culture, cognition, memory, symbolic interaction, and sociological theory. His research interests also include the sociology of time, knowledge, autobiography, identity, and trauma. DeGloma’s book, Seeing the Light: The Social Logic of Personal Discovery (2014), which received the 2015 Charles Horton Cooley Book Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, explores the stories people tell about life-changing discoveries of “truth” and illuminates the ways that individuals and communities use autobiographical stories to weigh in on salient moral and political controversies. DeGloma has also published articles in Social Psychology Quarterly, Sociological Forum, Symbolic Interaction, and the American Journal of Cultural Sociology, along with chapters in various edited volumes. He is currently working on his second book, which explores the phenomenon of anonymity and the impact of anonymous actors in various social situations and interactions. He served as President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (2017–2018) and Secretary of the Eastern Sociological Society (2016–2019).
is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Cañada College in Redwood City, California. His teaching and research interests concern the social dimensions of knowledge, with an emphasis on the relationship between cognitive science and social epistemology. His other writing includes “Social Coordination in Scientific Communities” in Perspectives on Science and “Prioritizing Otherness: The Line between Vacuous Individuality and Hollow Collectivism” (with Alexander Levine) in Sociality and Normativity for Robots.
is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan. Her research connects cultural understandings and behavioral outcomes during the transition to adulthood in sub-Saharan Africa.
is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware. Dr. Friedman is a cultural sociologist with a primary research focus on the cognitive and sensory underpinnings of the social construction process. More specifically, each of her core projects is concerned with understanding how individuals make mental distinctions in contexts of ambiguity and complexity. She also examines how sensory (p. xi) perception works to support cultural distinctions as a mechanism to simplify and resolve competing meanings. Through this work, she aims to advance thinking on what it means to claim that something is “socially constructed,” particularly a material entity such as the human body. Although her approach is rooted in cultural and cognitive sociology and sensory studies, the questions about the social construction process that most interest her have applicability to a wide range of other substantive topics, allowing her to engage in debates in the sociology of gender, the sociology of the body, the sociology of race, medical sociology, and sociological theory. In each case, she uses an analysis of social patterns of thought and sensory perception to bring productive new questions to ongoing conversations in the field. Her first book, Blind to Sameness: Sexpectations and the Social Construction of Male and Female Bodies (2013), which won the 2016 Distinguished Book Award from the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association, draws on more than sixty interviews with two very different populations—blind people and transgender people—to answer questions about the relationships between gender, biology, and visual perception.
is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he is also the Codirector of the Computational Culture Lab. His research focuses on measuring and modeling culture in market, organizational and national contexts. These research projects all share an overarching theme: the desire to understand the social mechanisms that underlie how people construct meaning, and consequently pursue action. His work has been published in American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Management Science, and Review of Financial Studies.
is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Waterloo. He is a behavioral scientist exploring the interplay of sociocultural factors for wisdom in the face of daily stressors. His interdisciplinary work uses a range of methods, including big data analytics, psychophysiology, diary surveys, and behavioral experiments.
Daina Cheyenne Harvey
is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and by courtesy Environmental Studies, at the College of the Holy Cross. He researches and teaches in the fields of social disruption, risk, climate, culture and cognition, suffering, urban marginality, and the environmental precariat. He is currently writing a book tentatively titled Anthropocene Demos: Neoliberal Disorder and the Long-Term Lessons of Hurricane Katrina. This book explores the concepts of urban fragility and ecological citizenship as a way to understand democratic exclusion in the anthropocene. It focuses on the experiences of residents of the Lower Ninth Ward in rebuilding their community. His recent work has appeared in Sociological Forum, Urban Studies, Symbolic Interaction, Humanity and Society, and Local Environment.
is Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of North Texas. His research interests are mainly in the areas of sociological theory, cognitive social science and digital research methods, and his most recent (p. xii) books include An Introduction to Text Mining and Text Mining: A Guidebook for the Social Sciences, both coauthored with Rada Mihalcea.
Erin F. Johnston
is the Jim Johnson Postdoctoral Fellow in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Her research focuses on experiences of personal transformation, and seeks to illuminate how the process of self-change unfolds in relation to the cultural resources made available in different organizational contexts. She has written about the rhetorical conventions underlying Pagan practitioners’ narratives of conversion (Sociological Forum, 2013), the aspirational nature of identity in spiritual communities (Religions, 2016), and about how novices learn to overcome failures and obstacles in the process of learning new spiritual disciplines by drawing on shared interpretive resources (Qualitative Sociology, 2017). Erin’s current book project, Learning to Practice, Becoming Spiritual: Spiritual Disciplines as Projects of the Self, draws on her fieldwork in two communities—an integral yoga studio and a Catholic prayer house—to reveal how these organizations enable the formation of new spiritual selves in and through the process of apprenticeship. Her latest research project examines the dynamics of identity formation among emerging adults on structured “gap year” programs.
is Professor Emeritus in the Department of American Studies at Eötvös Loránd University. His research interests include metaphor, metonymy, emotion language, American English and culture, and the relationship between metaphorical conceptualization and context. His major publications include Metaphor and Emotion (2000), American English: An Introduction (2000), Metaphor: A Practical Introduction (2002/2010), Metaphor in Culture (2005), Language, Mind, and Culture (2006), and Where Metaphors Come From (2015).
is a Leading Research Fellow at the Centre for Fundamental Sociology and the Director of the Centre for Cultural Sociology and Anthropology of Education at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia). He is also a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. He works in the fields of sociological theory, Durkheimian cultural sociology, focusing particularly on the theories of the sacred, cultural sociology of the body, and cultural sociology of education. He has published widely on these topics.
is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her main areas of interest are sociological theory, cultural sociology, culture and cognition, organizational theory, and sociology of valuation and evaluation. Her book At the Chef’s Table: Culinary Creativity in Elite Restaurants, based on research with elite chefs in New York and San Francisco, analyzes the creative work of chefs to explain the logics of action and social dynamics of cultural creation. She has published research on social cognition, organizational dynamics, and field theory, in Sociological Theory, Theory and Society, and Sociological Forum, among other publications.
(p. xiii) Omar Lizardo
is the LeRoy Neiman Term Chair Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His areas of research interest include the sociology of culture, social networks, the sociology of emotion, social stratification, cognitive social science, and organizational theory. He is currently a member of the editorial advisory board of Social Forces, Theory and Society, Poetics, Sociological Forum, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, and Journal of World Systems Research, and, with Rory McVeigh and Sarah Mustillo, he is one of the current coeditors of the American Sociological Review.
John Levi Martin
is the Florence Borchert Bartling Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Social Structures, The Explanation of Social Action, Thinking through Theory, Thinking through Methods, and Thinking through Statistics, as well as articles on methodology, cognition, social networks, and theory. He is currently working on the history of the theory of social action.
Terence E. McDonnell
is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. He is a cultural sociologist who studies the meaning of objects, art, and media in everyday life. He is the author of Best Laid Plans: Cultural Entropy and the Unraveling of AIDS Media Campaigns. His research has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Sociological Theory, Theory and Society, Poetics, Qualitative Sociology, and Social Problems.
is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. His work lies at the intersection of the sociology of culture, social psychology, and moral and cognitive psychology. His research focuses on the social development of different moral cultures, and the role moral constructs play in predicting behavior. He also studies how cognitive processes affect action, and has an abiding love for learning and teaching quantitative methods.
is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. Her research investigates how organizational and social network processes shape gender and race differences amongst employees in the workplace. She does this by examining the roles of culture, cognition, and emotion in organizations using field experimental and computational research methodologies.
Jamie L. Mullaney
is Professor of Sociology and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at Goucher College. In addition to numerous journal articles, she is the author of two books: Everyone is NOT Doing It (2006) and Paid to Party: Working Time and Emotion in Direct Home Sales (with Janet Hinson Shope, 2012). Her research interests and projects largely focus around issues of time, emotion, and identity.
is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University with research foci in the areas of culture, cognition, language, space, and boundaries. Her current work revolves around the cognitive sociology of access and, within that, the theoretical links between the built environment, language, culture, (p. xiv) and thought. In particular, she is interested in tracing the ways boundary objects and in-out relations operate at multiple levels of analysis and abstraction.
Diane M. Rodgers
is an Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University. Her book Debugging the Link between Social Theory and Social Insects examines social insect analogies that were shared between entomologists and social scientists during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These analogies were co-constructed and created a legitimating loop that naturalized Western conceptions of race, class, and gender structural hierarchies. Emerging from this critical analysis, subsequent articles by Rodgers have explored the shift from hierarchical social insect analogies to contemporary self-organizing models. Rodgers’s research interests are science and technology studies, social theory, and social movements. Her work has appeared in The Sociological Quarterly; Symbolic Interaction; Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society; Organization: The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory, and Society; Humanity and Society; Minerva; Origin(s) of Design in Nature; History of the Human Sciences; and Sociological Spectrum.
Henri C. Santos
is a Post-doctoral Fellow in Behavioral Science at Geisinger Health System. His research explores how people make consequential decisions in a changing world. On an individual level, he studies expertise, intellectual humility, and wisdom, particularly in the context of healthcare. On a societal level, he investigates cultural change in individualism-collectivism over time.
is Professor of Sociology at Philipps-Universität Marburg. His research interests include sociological theory, cultural sociology, sociology of space, city and architecture, sociology of knowledge, sociology of the body, visual sociology, history of sociology, social diagnosis of time, and sociology of artifacts.
is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar with the Michigan Society of Fellows and an Assistant Professor of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan. Her main area of research involves theorizing and modeling the emergence of social construction dynamics from individual level cognitive processes. Her other primary area of research lies at the intersection of computational social science and economic sociology and focuses on the social construction of value around new digital currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.
is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. She studies culture and cognition, social networks, and organizations. She is interested in how social processes at different levels of analysis contribute to social change. She uses diverse methods such as network analysis, lab and field-based experiments, interviews, and archival research. Her recent projects include a year-long field experiment in fifty-six middle schools that used theories from social norms embedded in social networks to change school-level behavioral patterns. Her current projects examine organizational context and network structure, and comparative studies of how organizations implement new law in schools and in local labor law enforcement offices.
(p. xv) Benjamin H. Snyder
is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Williams College, where he teaches and conducts research on temporality, morality, and economic life. He is the author of The Disrupted Workplace: Time and the Moral Order of Flexible Capitalism.
is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Mississippi. His research interests include culture, music, climate change, race and racism, and research methods. His work has been published in Global Environmental Change, Poetics, Public Understanding of Science, and Sociological Forum, among other outlets.
Sameer B. Srivastava
is an Associate Professor and Harold Furst Chair in Management Philosophy and Values at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he is also the codirector of the Computational Culture Lab. His research unpacks the complex interrelationships among the culture of social groups, the cognition of individuals within these groups, and the connections that people forge within and across groups. Much of his work is set in organizational contexts, where he uses computational methods to examine how culture, cognition, and networks independently and jointly relate to career outcomes. His work has been published in outlets such as American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Management Science, and Organization Science.
is currently an Assistant Professor at Uppsala University in Sweden. Before this, he worked primarily at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), where he also attained his PhD degree with a dissertation titled “Culture-Cognition Interaction: Bridging Cultural Sociology and Cognitive Science.” Dr. Strandell’s work has since specialized in the relationship between psychology and sociology, and more specifically cognition and culture, to overcome the arbitrary divide and illusionary incompatibility between the two.
, an ethical exile from the apartheid regime, retired from the Department of Sociology, School of Sociology and Philosophy, University College Cork, Ireland, in 2011, is still associate editor of the European Journal of Social Theory. His research interests range from critical theory, social theory, and cognitive sociology, through the philosophy and history of social science, to substantive areas such as rights, risk, cosmopolitanism, environment, and the human mind. Besides many pieces in anthologies, encyclopedias and journals, major publications include Contemporary Critical Theory and Methodology; New Horizons of Critical Theory: Collective Learning and Triple Contingency; Risk, Environment and Society; and Discourse and Knowledge. He also edited Philosophies of Social Science (with Gerard Delanty) as well as special issues of the European Journal of Social Theory and the Irish Journal of Sociology.
is Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research interests center around the study of cognition, especially in the areas of cognitive architectures, human reasoning and learning, cognitive social simulation, and hybrid connectionist-symbolic models. He published many papers in these areas, as well as ten books, including Anatomy of the Mind and (p. xvi) Cambridge Handbook of Computational Psychology. For his paper on integrating rule-based and connectionist models for accounting for human everyday reasoning, he received the David Marr Award from Cognitive Science Society. For his work on human skill learning, he received the Hebb Award from International Neural Network Society. He was the founding co-editor-in-chief of the journal Cognitive Systems Research, and also serves on the editorial boards of many other journals. He chaired a number of major international conferences. He is a fellow of IEEE, APS, and other societies, and he was president of International Neural Network Society 2011–2012.
is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a senior research associate of the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg. She works on issues around inequality, race, education, and collective memory. Her work has appeared in venues such as the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Sociology of Education. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines how the history of apartheid is being taught to, and understood by, young South Africans.
is Distinguished University Professor in Philosophy at the University of South Florida. He has written extensively on the history and philosophy of social science, including extensive writings on Max Weber and Emile Durkheim and on the history of statistics, as well as on cognitive science, including Brains/Practices/Relativism: Social Theory after Cognitive Science and Understanding the Tacit, as well as his recent Cognitive Science and the Social: A Primer. He has also recently coedited The Sage Handbook of Political Sociology (with William Outhwaite) and The Calling of Social Thought: Rediscovering the Work of Edward Shils (with Christopher Adair-Toteff).
is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Worldview Lab at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. The main goal of his research is to understand moral and political worldviews: what they are, where they come from, and what they do.
Michael E. W. Varnum
is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University. Dr. Varnum’s primary research focuses on how ecology shapes patterns of cultural variation and cultural change. His work incorporates theory from evolutionary psychology, behavioral ecology, and cultural psychology, and methods ranging from econometrics to neuroscience.
Kelcie L. Vercel
is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Augsburg University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Her research investigates identity and meanings of home in intimate relationships and market interactions.
is a Professor of Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her main field is collective memory and commemoration, and she is currently working on home museums and the sociology of atmosphere (together with Irit Dekel). She is the coeditor (together with Jeffrey Olick and Daniel Levy) of The (p. xvii) Collective Memory Reader. Her other work has appeared in places such as The University of Chicago Press and the American Sociological Review.
J. Patrick Williams
is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Aalborg University in Denmark and an Associate Professor of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has many research publications on the experiences of individuals who self-identify as subcultural and is particularly interested in the social construction of subcultural authenticities. He is an associate editor of the journal Deviant Behavior and has edited and authored several books, including Authenticity in Culture, Self, and Society (2009) and Subcultural Theory: Traditions and Concepts (2011). He is currently working on a new, interdisciplinary collection of studies related to identity andauthenticity.
is Board of Governors and Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. He is the author of Patterns of Time in Hospital Life: A Sociological Perspective (1979), Hidden Rhythms: Schedules and Calendars in Social Life (1981), The Seven-Day Circle: The History and Meaning of the Week (1985), The Fine Line: Making Distinctions in Everyday Life (1991), Terra Cognita: The Mental Discovery of America (1992), Social Mindscapes: An Invitation to Cognitive Sociology (1997), The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Books (1999), Time Maps: Collective Memory and the Social Shape of the Past (2003), The Elephant in the Room: Silence and Denial in Everyday Life (2006), Ancestors and Relatives: Genealogy, Identity, and Community (2011), Hidden in Plain Sight: The Social Structure of Irrelevance (2015), and Taken for Granted: The Remarkable Power of the Unremarkable (2018). In 2000–2001 he served as chair of the Culture Section of the American Sociological Association. In 2003 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is currently writing a book on formal theorizing.
Christoffer J. P. Zoeller
is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of California–Irvine. He is interested in economic sociology and institutional theory, with a historical focus on economic policy in the neoliberal era.