Theory, Culture & Society, January 2014 vol. 31, no. 1, 3-24
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Avant-garde theatre is often invoked as the bellwether for a society that has become postdramatic – fragmented, alienated, and critical of efforts to create collectively shared meanings. A theatre whose sequenced actions have no narrative (so the story goes) mirrors a...
Philosophy & Social Criticism, May 2013, vol. 39 no. 4-5, 341-347
Despite anxieties about the growing power of neo-liberalism, the crisis of the EU and the upsurge of right-wing political movements, it is important to recognize that utopian movements on the left have also in recent years been symbolically revitalized and...
Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36(4): 531-556, 2013
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...
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...
April 2015, Political Power and Social Theory, Volume 28, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.269 - 285, April 2015
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...
Political Power and Social Theory, Vol. 28, June 2011
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 (...
Social Science & Medicine, Volume 69, Issue 1, July 2009, Pages 21–27
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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...
Journal of Cultural Economy, 4:4, 477-488, 2011
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...
Culture, 26 (3):9-10, Fall 2013
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...
Law and Contemporary Problems 72: 37-58.72 (Summer 2009) Available at: http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/lcp/vol72/iss3/4
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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....
Sociological Forum, Volume 23, Issue 1, pages 53–83
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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...
Theory and Society, May 2011, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 247-272
Isaac Ariail Reed
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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...