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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

11-20 of 25 results in CRESC
  1. Comedy and Distinction

    The Cultural Currency of a ‘Good’ Sense of Humour

    By Sam Friedman

    Series: CRESC

    Comedy is currently enjoying unprecedented growth within the British culture industries. Defying the recent economic downturn, it has exploded into a booming billion-pound industry both on TV and on the live circuit. Despite this, academia has either ignored comedy or focused solely on analysing...

    Published April 22nd 2014 by Routledge

  2. Making Culture, Changing Society

    By Tony Bennett

    Series: CRESC

    Making Culture, Changing Society proposes a challenging new account of the relations between culture and society focused on how particular forms of cultural knowledge and expertise work on, order and transform society. Examining these forms of culture’s action on the social as aspects of a...

    Published November 11th 2013 by Routledge

  3. Inventive Methods

    The Happening of the Social

    Edited by Celia Lury, Nina Wakeford

    Series: CRESC

    Social and cultural research has changed dramatically in the last few years in response to changing conceptions of the empirical, an intensification of interest in interdisciplinary work, and the growing need to communicate with diverse users and audiences. Methods texts, however, have not kept...

    Published August 1st 2013 by Routledge

  4. Accumulation

    The Material Politics of Plastic

    Edited by Jennifer Gabrys, Gay Hawkins, Mike Michael

    Series: CRESC

    From food punnets to credit cards, plastic facilitates every part of our daily lives. It has become central to processes of contemporary socio-material living. Universalised and abstracted, it is often treated as the passive object of political deliberations, or a problematic material demanding...

    Published July 11th 2013 by Routledge

  5. Theorizing Cultural Work

    Labour, Continuity and Change in the Cultural and Creative Industries

    Edited by Mark Banks, Rosalind Gill, Stephanie Taylor

    Series: CRESC

    In recent years, cultural work has engaged the interest of scholars from a broad range of social science and humanities disciplines. The debate in this ‘turn to cultural work’ has largely been based around evaluating its advantages and disadvantages: its freedoms and its constraints, its informal...

    Published June 25th 2013 by Routledge

  6. Sport and the Transformation of Modern Europe

    States, media and markets 1950-2010

    Edited by Alan Tomlinson, Christopher Young, Richard Holt

    Series: CRESC

    In the modern era, sport has been an important agent, and symptom, of the political, cultural and commercial pressures for convergence and globalization. In this fascinating, inter-disciplinary study, leading international scholars explore the making of modern sport in Europe, illuminating sport...

    Published May 31st 2013 by Routledge

  7. Milk, Modernity and the Making of the Human

    Purifying the Social

    By Richie Nimmo

    Series: CRESC

    This book undertakes a critique of the pervasive notion that human beings are separate from and elevated above the nonhuman world and explores its role in the constitution of modernity. The book presents a socio-material analysis of the British milk industry in the late nineteenth and early...

    Published November 13th 2012 by Routledge

  8. Understanding Sport

    A socio-cultural analysis

    By John Horne, Alan Tomlinson, Garry Whannel, Kath Woodward

    Series: CRESC

    In the decade or more since publication of the first edition of Understanding Sport, both sport and wider global society have undergone profound change. In this fully updated, revised and expanded edition of their classic textbook, John Horne, Alan Tomlinson, Garry Whannel and Kath Woodward offer a...

    Published July 16th 2012 by Routledge

  9. Migrating Music

    Edited by Jason Toynbee, Byron Dueck

    Series: CRESC

    Migrating Music considers the issues around music and cosmopolitanism in new ways. Whilst much of the existing literature on ‘world music’ questions the apparently world-disclosing nature of this genre – but says relatively little about migration and mobility – diaspora studies have much to say...

    Published April 23rd 2012 by Routledge

  10. Cultural Analysis and Bourdieu’s Legacy

    Settling Accounts and Developing Alternatives

    Edited by Elizabeth Silva, Alan Warde

    Series: CRESC

    Cultural Analysis and Bourdieu’s Legacy explores the achievements and limitations of a Bourdieusian approach to cultural analysis through original contributions from distinguished international scholars. This edited collection offers sustained critical engagement, substantiated by new empirical...

    Published April 16th 2012 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Cultural Pedagogies and Human Conduct
    Edited by Megan Watkins, Greg Noble, Catherine Driscoll
    To Be Published March 16th 2015
  2. Studio Studies: Operations, Topologies & Displacements
    Edited by Ignacio Farías, Alex Wilkie
    To Be Published July 29th 2015
  3. Culture and Economy in the New Shanghai
    By Justin O'Connor, Xin Gu
    To Be Published September 29th 2015
  4. Markets and the Arts of Attachment
    Edited by Liz McFall, Franck Cochoy, Joe Deville
    To Be Published October 29th 2015
  5. Topologies of Power: Beyond territory and networks
    By John Allen
    To Be Published October 30th 2015
  6. Unbecoming Things: Mutable Objects and the Politics of Waste
    By Nicky Gregson, Mike Crang
    To Be Published December 29th 2015
  7. Culture as a Vocation
    By Vincent Dubois
    To Be Published December 29th 2015
  8. Unpacking Ikea Cultures: Swedish Design for the Purchasing Masses
    By Pauline Garvey
    To Be Published January 30th 2016

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