CCS Workshop ~ 2023-24

Please note: Workshop readings are automatically available to current participants only and require authentication (password). Off- campus CCS Fellows should contact the CCS Administrator to gain access as needed.

The CCS Workshop will be meeting this year in room 106 at 493 College Street from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Coffee and pastries will be served during the workshop. From 1 PM to 2PM – Lunch for workshop participants – 493 College Street, Room 208

CCS Workshop 23-24 Poster


9/8: Meet & Greet

9/15: Cultural Sociology East & West Conference

9/22: Romulo Lelis

9/29: Josetxo Beriain

10/6: Dorothy Wu

10/13: Henrik Enroth

10/20: No Workshop ~ October Recess

10/27: Carly Knight

11/3: Penny Edgell

11/10: Hizky Shoham

11/17: No Workshop ~ SSHA Annual Meeting

11/24: No Workshop ~ Thanksgiving Recess

12/1: Steven Arrigg Koh

12/8: Stewart Hoover

Workshop 9/8: Meet & Greet

In this meeting we will make introductions and each have an opportunity to share our current research projects. Please come prepared to speak for briefly about yourself and your work.

Workshop 9/15: No Workshop

Cultural Sociology East & West Conference

Romulo LelisWorkshop 9/22: Romulo Lelis

Yale University ~ CCS Postdoctoral Fellow

Marcel Mauss’ Development of Sociologie Religieuse: Ritual Action and its Transformations

Josetxo BeriainWorkshop 9/29: Josetxo Beriain

Public University of Navarra, Spain ~ CCS Visiting Faculty Fellow

Co-author: Maya Aguiluz, Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinares en Ciencias y Humanidades (CEIICH), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

The Plurality of Culture Wars

Dorothy WuWorkshop 10/6: Dorothy Wu

Yale University ~ CCS Junior Fellow

Can Pop Culture Dissipate Contempt? K-pop and South Korea’s Image in Japan Today

Henrik EnrothWorkshop 10/13: Henrik Enroth

Linnaeus University, Sweden ~ CCS Faculty Fellow

Toward an Aesthetic Theory of Political Life: The Crisis of Liberal Democracy

Carly KnightWorkshop 10/27: Carly Knight

New York University

Co-Author: Di Zhou, New York University

How to Manage the Market: The Construction of the Economic Actor in Business Self-Help, 1970-2020

Abstract: This paper investigates the portrayal of economic agency within the realm of popular economic self-help books.  By employing a computational, mixed-method analysis of best-selling titles from the New York Times over the past five decades, we explore the changing nature of self-help’s “promissory discourse”—that is, what actions, habits, and practices actors are promised will lead them to worldly success.  Our findings reveal significant shifts in the depiction of economic actors, with a decline in the “financialized self” and a reduction in investment-focused advice, particularly following the Great Recession. Instead, authors increasingly emphasize a “therapeutic” perspective, telling readers that disciplined emotions, habits, and practices are an essential component of economic success. These differences correspond to changes in self-help’s practical advice, with books decreasingly advising active investment strategies and instead increasingly highlighting disciplined consumption. We argue that these trends expand our understanding of the construction of economic actors, demonstrating a transition from finance-centered discourse to a more self-oriented and psychological approach in financial self-management.

Penny EdgellWorkshop 11/3: Penny Edgell

University of Minnesota

The Reconfiguration of American Religion from 1990-today

Hizky ShohamWorkshop 11/10: Hizky Shoham

Bar-Ilan University ~ CCS Faculty Fellow

Solidarity of Sameness in Nationhood

Abstract: The literature on national solidarity is puzzled by the question of how solidarity can bridge social differences and has not asked how it works through sameness; that question was relegated to the literature on national identity. But can solidarity create nationhood through sameness? This theoretical article rehabilitates Durkheim’s underused concept of mechanical solidarity and proposes to study sameness not as a human given, identity, or group quality, but as a social performance that constitutes similarity between people and thus also solidarity. While mechanical solidarity can function in all types of groups, it is particularly prominent in the context of nationhood. To explain how, the article explores performances of national customs related to food, which convey a conformist and unreflective subjectivity as well as horizontal unanimity. When people do things collectively, they perform national solidarity without necessarily indicating a collective identity that exists out there or agreeing about ideas and values. Contrary to common stereotypes of modern societies as “complex,” the article underscores sameness as crucial to modern nationalism—still the most significant socio-political principle of our era.

Steven KohWorkshop 12/1: Steven Arrigg Koh

Boston University School of Law ~ CCS Visiting Fellow

Higher Values for Criminal Law

Stewart HooverWorkshop 12/8: Stewart Hoover

University of Colorado, Boulder

Hybrid Religion/Hybrid Media: The Affective Infrastructures of Contemporary Cultural Politics

Workshop 1/19: Dmitry Kurakin

Yale University ~ CCS Visiting Faculty Fellow

with Philip Smith ~ Yale University ~ CCS Co-Director

The Microphysics of Mystery


Chenyang XieWorkshop 1/26: Chenyang Xie

Fudan University ~ CCS Visiting Graduate Student

Lockdown as a social performance in Urban Communities: a cultural analysis of political trust during covid-19 pandemic

Yoshie YanagiharaWorkshop 2/2: Yoshie Yanagihara

Tokyo Denki University, Japan ~ CCS Visiting Fellow

Cultural movements to utilize surrogacy in Japan:
An analysis of TV programs about reproductive technologies

Hajar YazdihaWorkshop 2/9: Hajar Yazdiha

University of Southern California, Dornsife

Social Disaster as Opportunity or Threat for Civil Society’s Speculative Futures:
How Divergent Experiences of COVID-19 Shape Gen Z’s Political Imaginations

Willa SachsWorkshop 2/16: Willa Sachs

Yale University ~ CCS Junior Fellow

“All Power to the People” and its Constitutional Antecedents: The Unlikely Union of Black  Power and Constitutional Law in the Political Life of the Black Panther Party, 1966-1971


Shivani ChoudharyWorkshop 2/23: Shivani Choudhary

Yale University ~ CCS Junior Fellow

Seva and the Emergence of Hindu Majoritarianism in the Indian Civil Sphere: Performing Seva through the Radio Program “Mann Ki Baat”

Sena SahinWorkshop 3/1: Sena Şahin

Yale University ~ CCS Junior Fellow

Women’s National Volleyball Team and Deep Play: Dramatization of Turkish Politics and National Identity on Volleyball Court


Marcel KnochelmannWorkshop 3/8: Marcel Knöchelmann

Yale University ~ CCS Postdoctoral Fellow

Make art. Fight the power. The ‘Racial Allegory Guy’ Colson Whitehead

Anne TaylorWorkshop 3/29: Anne Taylor

Yale University ~ CCS Junior Fellow

Performing Religion: Charisma, Enchantment, and the Sacred in the Post Secular Age

Jessie DongWorkshop 4/5: Jessie Dong

Yale University ~ CCS Junior Fellow

Unscripted narrative: the new wave of documentary

Nicolas RudasWorkshop 4/12: Nicolás Rudas

Yale University ~ CCS Junior Fellow

Performing a moral signal: the imputation of “violence” to piropo

Johan Gotzsche-AstrupWorkshop 4/19: Johan Gøtzsche-Astrup

Yale University ~ CCS Postdoctoral Fellow

A Sociology of Democratic Truth-Telling: How Activists and Journalists Speak Truth to Power