Gender scholarship and cultural sociology are both deeply concerned with inequality, and address many of the same fundamental issues: the classification of people, objects, and practices, and the creation of symbolic differences; the uneven valuation of difference; the unequal distribution of resources like jobs, funding, access to audiences, or reputation; and, the embedding of differential valuations into social structures such as bureaucracies and state policies. Despite their common areas of interest, little theoretical work brings core concepts from gender scholarship and cultural sociology together in a systematic way. This session will profile scholarship that takes up the gender-culture nexus. This includes questions like: How can a gendered analytic lens deepen our understanding of core cultural concepts like art worlds, cultural capital, or cultural toolkits? How might gender scholarship benefit from an explicitly cultural approach? This session invites papers that seek to build theoretical and empirical bridges between these two fields of sociology.
Session Code: GS2