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The new American cultural sociology: an introduction Philip Smith Part I. Culture as Text and Code: 1. Textuality and the postmodern turn in sociological theory Richard Harvey Brown 2. The computer as sacred and profane Jeffrey C. Alexander 3. AIDS and the discursive construction of homosexuality Steven Seidman 4. Fundamentalism and liberalism in public religious discourse Robert Wuthnow 5. Analytic and concrete forms of the autonomy of culture Anne Kane Part II. The Production and Reception of Culture: 6. The reception of Derrida's work in France and America Michèle Lamont 7. Censorship audiences and the Victorian nude Nicola Beisel 8. The devil, social change and Jacobean theatre Wendy Griswold 9. Victorian women writers and the prestige of the novel Gaye Tuchman and Nina Fortin 10. The ambiguous and contested meanings of the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Robin Wagner-Pacifici and Barry Schwartz Part III. Culture in Action: 11. Culture and social action Ann Swidler 12. Culture structure agency and transformation William H. Sewell Jr 13. Discourse nuclear power and collective action William Gamson 14. Moral boundaries leisure activities and justifying fun Gary Alan Fine 15. Honour and conflict management in corporate life Calvin Morrill 16. The role of cultural capital in school success Paul DiMaggio.