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Against Culture versus Structure
Author/s: Herbert Gans 
Year:  2014 Issue: 103 Language: Italian 
Pages:  12 Pg. 25-36 FullText PDF:  666 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SUR2014-103003
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Contemporary sociology is saddled with a culture structure binary but the fault for its existence lies mostly with cultural sociology. This article is devoted to four related assertions: (1) There has never been any agreement on the definition of culture, making cultural sociology a field unable to define its central concept. (2) The binary ignores the fact that the proper explanation of social behaviour requires both structure and culture; culture cannot be its own cause. (3) Cultural sociology is soft and sentimental, avoiding conflict as well as politics. (4) It neglects policy and policy-relevant research even more than the rest of sociology. Structural sociology has some shortcomings as well, however, and the culture structure binary should be abandoned.
Keywords: Culture, Structure, Social Structure, Cultural Sociology, Cultural Turn, Structural Sociology.

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Herbert Gans, Against Culture versus Structure in "SOCIOLOGIA URBANA E RURALE" 103/2014, pp. 25-36, DOI:10.3280/SUR2014-103003


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