Publications

Jeffrey Alexander

Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36(4): 531-556, 2013

Publisher Link> Abstract Documenting the extraordinary potency and reach of the European backlash against multiculturalism, this essay provides a new theoretical model for explaining it. Rather than focusing primarily on demographic and institutional facts about Islamic immigration – such...
Julia Adams

November 14. 2014

“Wikipedia and the Democratization of Academic Knowledge” is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded study of how academics and academic subjects are represented on Wikipedia. The study is being directed by Professors Julia Adams of Yale University and Hannah Brückner of NYU Abu Dhabi. NSF...
Julia Adams

April 2015, Political Power and Social Theory, Volume 28, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.269 - 285, April 2015

Publisher Link Abstract Imperial crisis is the analytical axis on which turn two national states of emergency: the Weimar Republic (1918–1933) and the United States on the so-called “Eve of Destruction” (1965–1975). But while Max Weber disagreed with Carl Schmitt with respect to the problem of...
Julia Adams

Political Power and Social Theory, Vol. 28, June 2011

Publisher link Patrimonial Capitalism and Empire, published in the Political Power and Social Theory book series, explores the interconnected formations of patrimonial politics, empire and capitalism, and includes essays by Adams (with George Steinmetz, University of Michigan), and Malik Martin (Ph...
Rene Almeling

Social Science & Medicine, Volume 69, Issue 1, July 2009, Pages 21–27

  Publisher link >> Historically, medical sociologists have used the interrelated concepts of objectification, commodification, and standardization to point to the pathologies of modern medicine, such as the depersonalization of care and the effects of bureaucratic control. More recent work...
Jeffrey Alexander

Journal of Cultural Economy, 4:4, 477-488, 2011

Publisher Link> Direct PDF> Abstract In this essay, the author analyzes social science thinking about the capitalist market from instrumentalism to institutionalism and the recent turn toward more cultural economics, and propose to enlarge the latter opening via the ‘strong program’ in...
Jeffrey Alexander

Culture, 26 (3):9-10, Fall 2013

  Publisher Link> In this essay, I sketch a brief history of power in its sociological form. My animus will be anti-cultural theories, my premise that progress in power studies depends on taking distance from Weber, not only from his sociology of domination but from his understanding of...
Rene Almeling

Law and Contemporary Problems 72: 37-58.72 (Summer 2009) Available at: http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/lcp/vol72/iss3/4

  Download Article >>  Listing a child for sale in the local paper’s classified section is unthinkable, and it is illegal for donors to sell organs in the US. Yet fertility programs routinely recruit young women and men to “donate” eggs and sperm in return for financial compensation....
Rene Almeling

Sociological Forum, Volume 23, Issue 1, pages 53–83

    Publisher Link >> In recent years, the “obesity epidemic” has emerged as a putative public health crisis. This article examines the interconnected role of medical science and news reporting in shaping the way obesity is framed as a social problem. Drawing on a sample of scientific...
Julia Adams

Theory and Society, May 2011, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 247-272

Isaac Ariail Reed Publisher Link >> Abstract: How did cultural dynamics help bring about the societies we now recognize as modern? This article constructs seven distinct models for how structures of signification and social meaning participated in the transitions to modernity in the West and...

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