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CRESC

Culture, Economy and the Social

Series Editor: Tony Bennett, Penny Harvey, Kevin Hetherington

This series establishes the importance of innovative contemporary, comparative and historical work on the relations between social, cultural and economic change. It publishes empirically-based research that is theoretically informed, that critically examines the ways in which social, cultural and economic change is framed and made visible, and that is attentive to perspectives that tend to be ignored or side-lined by grand theorising or epochal accounts of social change. The series addresses the diverse manifestations of contemporary capitalism, and considers the various ways in which the `social', `the cultural' and `the economic' are apprehended as tangible sites of value and practice. It is explicitly comparative, publishing books that work across disciplinary perspectives, cross-culturally, or across different historical periods.

We are particularly focused on publishing books in the following areas that fit with the broad remit of the series:

  • Cultural consumption
  • Cultural economy
  • Cities and urban change
  • Materiality, sociality and the post-human
  • Culture and media industries
  • Culture and governance
  • Emerging forms of cultural and economic practice

The series is actively engaged in the analysis of the different theoretical traditions that have contributed to critiques of the `cultural turn'. We are particularly interested in perspectives that engage with Bourdieu, Foucauldian approaches to knowledge and cultural practices, Actor-network approaches, and with those that are associated with issues arising from Deleuze's work around complexity, affect or topology. The series is equally concerned to explore the new agendas emerging from current critiques of the cultural turn: those associated with the descriptive turn for example. Our commitment to interdisciplinarity thus aims at enriching theoretical and methodological discussion, building awareness of the common ground has emerged in the past decade, and thinking through what is at stake in those approaches that resist integration to a common analytical model.

New and Published Books

1-10 of 26 results in CRESC
  1. Objects and Materials

    A Routledge Companion

    Edited by Penny Harvey, Eleanor Conlin Casella, Gillian Evans, Hannah Knox, Christine McLean, Elizabeth B. Silva, Nicholas Thoburn, Kath Woodward

    Series: CRESC

    There is broad acceptance across the Humanities and Social Sciences that our deliberations on the social need to take place through attention to practice, to object-mediated relations, to non-human agency and to the affective dimensions of human sociality. This Companion focuses on the objects and...

    Published May 22nd 2015 by Routledge

  2. Shanghai Expo

    An International Forum on the Future of Cities

    Edited by Tim Winter

    Series: CRESC

    In 2010 Shanghai hosted the largest, most spectacular and most expensive expo ever. Attracting a staggering 73 million visitors, and costing around US$45 billion dollars, Shanghai Expo broke the records in the history of world's fairs and universal expositions. With more than half of the world’s...

    Published April 27th 2015 by Routledge

  3. Diasporas and Diplomacy

    Cosmopolitan contact zones at the BBC World Service (1932–2012)

    Edited by Marie Gillespie, Alban Webb

    Series: CRESC

    Diasporas and Diplomacy analyzes the exercise of British ‘soft power’ through the BBC’s foreign language services, and the diplomatic role played by their diasporic broadcasters. The book offers the first historical and comparative analysis of the ‘corporate cosmopolitanism’ that has characterized...

    Published April 27th 2015 by Routledge

  4. Cultural Pedagogies and Human Conduct

    By Megan Watkins, Greg Noble, Catherine Driscoll

    Series: CRESC

    Pedagogy is often glossed as the ‘art and science of teaching’ but this focus typically ties it to the instructional practices of formalised schooling. Like the emerging work on ‘public pedagogies’, the notion of cultural pedagogies signals the importance of the pedagogic in realms other than...

    Published March 13th 2015 by Routledge

  5. Lived Economies of Default

    Consumer Credit, Debt Collection and the Capture of Affect

    By Joe Deville

    Series: CRESC

    Consumer credit borrowing – using credit cards, store cards and personal loans – is an important and routine part of many of our lives. But what happens when these everyday forms of borrowing go ‘bad’, when people start to default on their loans and when they cannot, or will not, repay? It is this...

    Published February 11th 2015 by Routledge

  6. Industry and Work in Contemporary Capitalism

    Global Models, Local Lives?

    Edited by Victoria Goddard, Susana Narotzky

    Series: CRESC

    Throughout history and in every geographical location, the rise and fall of industry, which impact the fate of large populations, are tied to the development and cultural entanglement of particular models that are articulated with political power. Models are understood as knowledge devices –...

    Published January 23rd 2015 by Routledge

  7. The Routledge Companion to Bourdieu’s 'Distinction'

    Edited by Philippe Coulangeon, Julien Duval

    Series: CRESC

    This edited collection explores the genesis of Bourdieu's classical book Distinction and its international career in contemporary Social Sciences. It includes contributions from contemporary sociologists from diverse countries who question the theoretical legacy of this book in various fields and...

    Published November 6th 2014 by Routledge

  8. Interdisciplinarity

    Reconfigurations of the Social and Natural Sciences

    Edited by Andrew Barry, Georgina Born

    Series: CRESC

    The idea that research should become more interdisciplinary has become commonplace. According to influential commentators, the unprecedented complexity of problems such as climate change or the social implications of biomedicine demand interdisciplinary efforts integrating both the social and...

    Published September 12th 2014 by Routledge

  9. Devising Consumption

    Cultural Economies of Insurance, Credit and Spending

    By Liz Mcfall

    Series: CRESC

    The book explores the vital role played by the financial service industries in enabling the poor to consume over the last hundred and fifty years. Spending requires means, but these industries offered something else as well – they offered practical marketing devices that captured, captivated and...

    Published September 11th 2014 by Routledge

  10. Rio de Janeiro

    Urban Life through the Eyes of the City

    By Beatriz Jaguaribe

    Series: CRESC

    "Through artistic imaginaries, media productions, social practices and spatial mappings, this book offers an insightful and original contribution to the understanding of Rio de Janeiro, one of the highly contested urban terrains in the world. Offering a rich diversity of examples extracted from...

    Published September 2nd 2014 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Studio Studies: Operations, Topologies & Displacements
    Edited by Ignacio Farías, Alex Wilkie
    To Be Published October 22nd 2015
  2. Markets and the Arts of Attachment
    Edited by Liz McFall, Franck Cochoy, Joe Deville
    To Be Published October 30th 2015
  3. Topologies of Power: Beyond territory and networks
    By John Allen
    To Be Published October 31st 2015
  4. Culture as a Vocation: Sociology of Career Choices in Cultural Management
    By Vincent Dubois
    To Be Published November 30th 2015
  5. Unpacking Ikea Cultures: Swedish Design for the Purchasing Masses
    By Pauline Garvey
    To Be Published January 31st 2016
  6. Culture and Economy in the New Shanghai
    By Justin O'Connor, Xin Gu
    To Be Published February 28th 2016
  7. Unbecoming Things: Mutable Objects and the Politics of Waste
    By Nicky Gregson, Mike Crang
    To Be Published February 29th 2016

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