The Sociology of Now: Cultural explanations of Brexit, Trump, and (not)Marikana
- The Sociology of Now: Cultural explanations of Brexit, Trump, and (not)Marikana
- Speaker: David Inglis # University of Helsinki; Speaker: Jeffrey Alexander # Yale University; Speaker: Liz Stanley # University of Edinburgh; Hosted by: Sociology and journal Cultural Sociology # University of Edinburgh
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- Date and Time
- 16th Oct 2017 12:00 - 16th Oct 2017 14:00
- Common Room CMB (6th Floor)
A conversation with Jeffrey Alexander (Yale University), David Inglis (University of Helsinki), and Liz Stanley (University of Edinburgh).
We live in interesting times. In the UK, the causes and consequences of Brexit continue to be fiercely debated. In the USA, the erratic presidency of Donald Trump has rekindled the culture and class wars. In South Africa, the government plans to compile and sell a database collecting information on citizens structured by racial categorisation. How should we interpret these events? Should we be focussing on events or processes? What can cultural sociology offer to meet the challenge of explaining and engaging with the present? This event gathers three prominent cultural sociologists to tackle these questions.