Chicago Studies In Practices Of Meaning

In collaboration with the University of Chicago Press, 3CT has also established a new interdisciplinary book series, Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning. To date, the series has published eighteen manuscripts, with several more in various stages of review. The series has distinctive theoretical goals, as signaled by its title. Following the so-called “cultural turn” the study of culture became a major preoccupation of nearly all disci- plines in the social sciences – with the major exception of economics – and has given rise to the fledgling discipline, or quasi-discipline, of cultural studies. Our book series operates on the terrain opened up by this burgeoning, uneven, and sometimes polyglot study of culture. But we adopt a rigorous interdisciplinary theoretical perspective, des- ignated by our use of the terms “practice” and “meaning” rather than “culture,” as the latter has been used so promiscuously over the past two decades in both academic and popular discourse as to proliferate a host of unacknowledged ambiguities. We prefer the term “meaning” because it avoids the reification and grand claims so often associated with the culture concept, while putting the emphasis where it belongs – on human sense-making. And we insist on practice to signal that meanings are made, inscribed, reproduced, and transformed in the daily give-and-take of social life as well as in more self-consciously symbolic activities such as ritual, art, writing, or oratory.

Our editors, who come from four different fields of social science: Anthropology (William Mazzarella and Kaushik Sunder Rajan), Sociology (Andreas Glaeser), History (William Sewell), and Political Science (Lisa Wedeen), are interested in the widest possible range of practices of meaning – in ritual, political theory, work, urban design, religion, shopping, social movements, mu- sic, economic exchange, science, leisure, kinship – which is to say, any arena or aspect of human life in which meanings are made. They delimit the interests of the series not by restricting it to certain sorts of activities or to particular geographical regions or histori- cal eras, but by a finely articulated interdisciplinary conception of practices of meaning and of their relation to history and politics. To this end, 3CT solicits distinguished scholarly manuscripts that share our methodological and epistemological commitments to innovation in interpretive social science, to probing interdisciplinary contact, and to work combining rigorous theoretical reflection with empirically rich accounts of local experience.

Manu Goswami, Producing India: From Colonial Economy to National Space.

Joan Wallach Scott, Sexual Equality and the Crisis of French Universalism

Georges Steinmetz, The Devil's Handwriting: Precoloniality and the German and the German Colonial State in Qingdao, Samoa, and Southwest Africa.

Andrew Sartori, Bengal in Global Concept History: Culturalism in the Age of Capital.

John L. and Jean Comaroff, Ethnicity, Inc.

Andreas Glaeser, Political Epistemics: The Secret Police, the Opposition, and the End of East German Socialism

Nadia Abu El-Haj, The Genealogical Science: The Search for Jewish Origins and the Politics of Epistemology.

William M. Reddy, The Making of Romantic Love: Longing and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia, and Japan, 900 - 1200 CE.

David Pedersen, American Value: Migrants, Money, and Meaning in El Salvador and the United States.

William H. Sewell, Jr, Logics of History: Social Theory and Social Transformation.

Steven Epstein, Inclusion: The Politics of Difference in Medical Research

James H. Smith, Bewitching Development: Witchcraft and the Reinvention of Development in Neoliberal Kenya.

Lisa Wedeen, Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power and Performance in Yemen.

Brenda Chalfin, An Ethnography of Sovereignty in West Africa

Danilyn Rutherford, Laughing at Leviathan: Sovereignty and Audience in West Papua.

Andrea Muehlebach, Welfare and Citizenship in Italy.

Hussein Ali Agrama, Questioning Secularism: Islam, Sovereignty, and the Rule of Law in Modern Egypt.

Katsuya Hirano, The Politics of Dialogic Imagination: Power and Popular Culture in Early Modern Japan.