Philip Smith

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Chair, Department of Sociology; Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Sociology. University of California, Los Angeles, 1983;
M.A., Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, 1986.
Areas of Interest: 
Culture/Knowledge; Deviance, Crime and Law; Political Sociology and Social Movements; Theory.
493 College St, Room 306, New Haven, CT 06511-8907
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Philip Smith is responsible for a dozen books and over sixty articles and chapters. Most recently he is co-author of Incivility: The Rude Stranger in Everyday Life (Cambridge 2010). He is also author of Why War? The Cultural Logic of Iraq, the Gulf War and Suez (Chicago, 2005), Punishment and Culture (Chicago, 2008). His textbook Cultural Theory: An Introduction (Blackwell 2001) has been translated into several languages and is now available in a second edition.

Recent Publications


Courses and Seminars

  • SOCY 041, Sociology of Social Control and Criminal Justice.
  • SOCY 141, Crime and Deviance.
  • SOCY 502, Contemporary Sociological Theory: Durkheimian Sociology.
  • SOCY 525, Cultural Sociology.
  • SOCY 628, Workshop in Cultural Sociology.