Cultural Sociology of Interaction Orders: Cultural Structures and Everyday Lifeworlds
The flourishing of cultural sociology has reinvigorated our understanding of the place of solidarity, performance, and ritual in collective life. Surprisingly, despite a common grounding in a broadly Durkheimian conception of collective life, there has been remarkably little conceptual contact between cultural sociology and studies of interaction orders. Where sociologists focused on the intersubjective elaboration of social reality demonstrate how meanings are made in interaction, cultural sociologists attend to the broader cultural structures that make particular meanings available and intelligible in particular contexts.
Papers in this session treat the points of contact and friction between sociologies of the life-world and cultural sociology as conceptually generative. Of special interest are (1) empirically grounded papers that work to understand how cultural structures organize action and interpretation in everyday encounters, and (2) theoretical papers that do conceptual work at the intersection of cultural sociology and studies of interaction orders.