The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Sociology

ISBN : 9780190273385

Wayne H. Brekhus; Gabe Ignatow
680 Pages
171 x 248 mm
Pub date
Sep 2019
Oxford Handbooks
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In recent years there has been a growing interest in cognition within sociology and other social sciences. Within sociology this interest cuts across various topical subfields, including culture, social psychology, religion, race, and identity. Scholars within the new subfield of cognitive sociology, also referred to as the sociology of culture and cognition, are contributing to a rapidly developing body of work on how mental and social phenomena are interrelated and often interdependent.
In The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Sociology, Wayne H. Brekhus and Gabe Igantow have gathered some of the most influential scholars working in cognitive sociology to present an accessible introduction to key research areas in a diverse field. While classical sociological and newer interdisciplinary approaches have been covered separately by scholars in the past, this volume alternatively presents a broad range of cognitive sociological perspectives. The contributors discuss a range of approaches for theorizing and analyzing the "social mind," including macro-cultural approaches, interactionist approaches, and research that draws on Pierre Bourdieu's major concepts. Each chapter further investigates a variety of cognitive processes within these three approaches, such as attention and inattention, perception, automatic and deliberate cognition, cognition and social action, stereotypes, categorization, classification, judgment, symbolic boundaries, meaning-making, metaphor, embodied cognition, morality and religion, identity construction, time sequencing, and memory.
A comprehensive look at cognitive sociology's main contributions and the central debates within the field, the Handbook will serve as a primary resource for social researchers, faculty, and students interested in how cognitive sociology can contribute to research within their substantive areas of focus.


1. Cognitive Sociology and the Cultural Mind: Debates, Directions, and Challenges
Wayne H. Brekhus and Gabe Ignatow
Part I: Theoretical Foundations
2. Cognitive Sociology: Between the Personal and the Universal Mind
Eviatar Zerubavel
3. Critical Theory and Cognitive Sociology
Piet Strydom
4. Pierre Bourdieu as Cognitive Sociologist
Omar Lizardo
5. Embodied Cognition: Sociology's Role in Bridging Mind, Brain, and Body
Karen A. Cerulo
6. The Old One-Two: Preserving Analytic Dualism in Cognitive Sociology
Stephen Vaisey and Margaret Frye
7. Can Carnal Sociology Bring Together Body and Soul, or, Who's Afraid of Christian Wolff?
John Levi Martin
8. Cognitive Sociology and French Psychological Sociology
Gabe Ignatow
9. Cognitive Science and Social Theory
David Eck and Stephen Turner
10. Dual Process Models in Sociology
Vanina Leschziner
11. Bridging the Vocabularies of Dual-Process Models of Culture and Cognition
Jacob Strandell
12. Metaphorical Creativity-The Role of Context
Zoltan Kovecses
13. Priming and Framing: Dimensions of Communication and Cognition
John Sonnett
Part II: Perspectives from Other Fields
14. Cognitive Linguistics
Paul Chilton
15. Class, Cognition, and Cultural Change in Social Class
Henri C. Santos, Igor Grossmann, and Michael E. W. Varnum
16. Cognitive Dichotomies, Learning Directions, and the Cognitive Architecture
Ron Sun
17. What is Cultural Fit? From Cognition to Behavior (and Back)
Sanaz Mobasseri, Amir Goldberg, and Sameer B. Srivistava
Part III: Methods of Cognitive Sociology
18. Productive Methods in the Study of Culture and Cognition
Terence E. McDonnell and Kelcie L. Vercel
19. An Assessment of Methods for Measuring Automatic Cognition.
Andrew Miles
20. Methods for Studying the Cultural Contextual Nature of Implicit Cognition
Hana Shepherd
21. Social Mindscapes and the Self: The Case for Social Pattern Analysis
Jamie L. Mullaney
22. Charting the Emergence of the Cultural from the Cognitive with Agent-based Modeling
Lynette Shaw
Part IV: The Sociology of Perception and Attention
23. Sociology of Attention: Fundamental Reflections on a Theoretical Program
Markus Schroer
24. Risk, Culture, and Cognition
Daina Cheyenne Harvey
25. Cultural Blind Spots and Blind Fields: Collective Forms of Unawareness
Asia Friedman
Part V: Sociocultural Frames of Meaning, Metaphor, and Analogy
26. The Sacred, Profane, Pure, Impure, and Social Energization of Culture
Dmitry Kurakin
27. Cognition and Social Meaning in Economic Sociology
Nina Bandelj and Christoffer Zoeller
28. Scientific Analogies and Hierarchical Thinking: Lessons from the Hive?
Diane M. Rodgers
29. Getting a Foot in the Door: Symbolism, Door Metaphors, and the Cognitive Sociology of Access
Stephanie Pena-Alves
Part VI: Categories, Boundaries, and Identities
30. Foregrounding and Backgrounding: The Logic and Mechanics of Semiotic Subversion
Eviatar Zerubavel
31. War Widows and Welfare Queens: The Semiotics of Deservingness in the U.S. Welfare System
Brittany Pearl Battle
32. Perceiving and Enacting Authentic Identities
J. Patrick Williams
33. Cognitive Migrations: A Cultural and Cognitive Sociology of Personal Transformation
Thomas DeGloma and Erin F. Johnston
Part VII: Time and Memory
34. The Experience of Time in Organizations
Benjamin H. Snyder
35. Silence and Collective Memory
Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi and Chana Teeger

About the author: 

Wayne H. Brekhus is Professor of Sociology at the University of Missouri. His research interests include the cultural sociology of cognition, the sociology of identities, social markedness and unmarkedness, and developing sociological theory. He is the author of Culture and Cognition: Patterns in the Social Construction of Reality
Peacocks, Chameleons, Centaurs: Gay Suburbia and the Grammar of Social Identity
and Sociologia dell'inavvertito (translated into Italian by Lorenzo Sabetta). He is currently writing a book on the sociology of identities. Gabe Ignatow is Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of North Texas. His research interests are mainly in the areas of sociological theory, cognitive social science and digital research methods, and his most recent books include An Introduction to Text Mining and Text Mining: A Guidebook for the Social Sciences, both coauthored with Rada Mihalcea.

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