honey, we need to talk about the cultural sociologists
When I was in graduate school, cultural sociology was simply a branch of sociology. But later, I found out that it has an usual place in the discipline:
- It’s a large specialty, but jobs are scarce. That’s my own observation – any one have data?
- It seems to have absorbed the social theorists
- It has been accused of being insular
- It has been accused of being too idiosyncratic with regard to method (See Perrin’s article)
So does cultural sociology have a Prada Bag problem? Is it a specialty that sounds cool but is really a luxury for fancy departments? Consider this an open thread on the place of cultural sociology and its position in the discipline.