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What is the nature of order? What is the nature of self? What is the inextricable link among individuals, social interaction, culture and society? These questions have fascinated and befuddled social scientists for a long time. Loren Demerath’s Explaining Culture: The Social Pursuit of Subjective Order offers remarkably coherent and highly persuasive answers to these questions and does so by brilliantly merging insights from an array of subfields in sociology—among them, sociology of emotion, social psychology, social organization, and culture. This book will be of great interest to anyone studying these areas and to social scientists who want to read a compelling articulation of the connection between individuals and society. (Brian Powell, Indiana University)

Not ironically, the topics explored in this masterfully conceived volume are precisely what make this work invaluable: Meaningfulness, conceptual power, uniqueness, verbal articulation. Few in our field have that rare ability to wrap a superior mind around the most difficult and yet essential matters of being in the world, such as the subjective reading of society and culture. Loren Demerath appears to be one of the special ones. Explaining Culture is a gem of a book. (Thomas J. Cottle)

This provocative book offers a new theory of culture with a unique focus on our aesthetic response to order and meaningfulness. After first identifying the basic principles of aesthetic valuation, then describing the three dimensions of producing shared meaningfulness, it explains the appeal of such things as myth, ritual, symbol, humor, conversation, identity, stereotypes, change, religion, organizational culture, solidarity, and how all of those things vary according to positions within social structure.

About the Author

Loren Demerath is associate professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Centenary College of Louisiana.

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  • File Size: 1274 KB
  • Print Length: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Lexington Books; Reprint edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008UTR0Y2
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