Culture in Mind: Toward a Sociology of Culture and Cognition

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Karen A. Cerulo
Psychology Press, 2002 - 308 pages
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What is thought and how does one come to study and understand it? How does the mind work? Does cognitive science explain all the mysteries of the brain? This collection of fourteen original essays from some of the top sociologists in the country, including Eviatar Zerubavel, Diane Vaughan, Paul Dimaggio and Gary Alan Fine, among others, opens a dialogue between cognitive science and cultural sociology, encouraging a new network of scientific collaboration and stimulating new lines of social scientific research.
Rather than considering thought as just an individual act, Culture in Mind considers it in a social and cultural context. Provocatively, this suggests that our thoughts do not function in a vacuum: our minds are not alone. Covering such diverse topics as the nature of evil, the process of storytelling, defining mental illness, and the conceptualizing of the premature baby, these essays offer fresh insights into the functioning of the mind. Leaving the MRI behind, Culture in Mind will uncover the mysteries of how we think.
 

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Acknowledgments
1
AN INTRODUCTION
15
NOTES ON THE SOCIAL
21
THE ROLE OF CULTURE
28
AN INTRODUCTION
57
COMMENSURATION AND COGNITION
63
METAPHORIC
89
MARKET RIVALRY
101
TRACKING DISCOURSE
172
AN INTRODUCTION
201
JUDGING
209
ADOLF HITLER AND THE DILEMMA
227
AN INTRODUCTION
241
CULTURE HARMFUL DYSFUNCTIONS AND THE SOCIOLOGY
267
WHY COGNITIVE AND CULTURAL SOCIOLOGY NEEDS
274
Mapping the Field
283

AN INTRODUCTION
113
MORAL INQUIRY IN CULTURAL SOCIOLOGY
123
RECONSIDERING U S SOCIAL RELATIONS
135
Contributors
294
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Karen A. Cerulo is Associate Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University where she specializes in culture and cognition research. She is the author of Deciphering Violence: The Cognitive Structure of Right and Wrong (Routledge, 1998).

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