The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Sociology


I write to highlight the recent publication of The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Sociology (August 2019; ISBN: 9780190273385; $165 CAD; 704 pp.). 

Edited by Wayne Brekhaus and Gabe Ignatow, the text includes a lengthy list of entries written by some highly regarded scholars in the field. The table of contents is copied below for reference. Here is the publisher’s description:

In The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Sociology, Wayne H. Brekhus and Gabe Igantow have gathered some of the most influential scholars working in cognitive sociology to present an accessible introduction to key research areas in a diverse field. While classical sociological and newer interdisciplinary approaches have been covered separately by scholars in the past, this volume alternatively presents a broad range of cognitive sociological perspectives. The contributors discuss a range of approaches for theorizing and analyzing the “social mind,” including macro-cultural approaches, interactionist approaches, and research that draws on Pierre Bourdieu’s major concepts. Each chapter further investigates a variety of cognitive processes within these three approaches, such as attention and inattention, perception, automatic and deliberate cognition, cognition and social action, stereotypes, categorization, classification, judgment, symbolic boundaries, meaning-making, metaphor, embodied cognition, morality and religion, identity construction, time sequencing, and memory.

I know some dislike Oxford Handbooks because they imply that a field is fixed and neatly ordered into the categories and perspectives contained within the text but I have always found them to be useful springboards for research. Fields of study always retain some degree of ambiguity, contestation, and fluidity, of course, so the point is to see these publications for the perspectives that they necessarily entail.

All the best,



Table of Contents

1. Cognitive Sociology and the Cultural Mind: Debates, Directions, and Challenges
Wayne H. Brekhus and Gabe Ignatow

Part I: Theoretical Foundations

2. Cognitive Sociology: Between the Personal and the Universal Mind
Eviatar Zerubavel

3. Critical Theory and Cognitive Sociology
Piet Strydom

4. Pierre Bourdieu as Cognitive Sociologist
Omar Lizardo

5. Embodied Cognition: Sociology’s Role in Bridging Mind, Brain, and Body
Karen A. Cerulo

6. The Old One-Two: Preserving Analytic Dualism in Cognitive Sociology
Stephen Vaisey and Margaret Frye

7. Can Carnal Sociology Bring Together Body and Soul, or, Who’s Afraid of Christian Wolff?
John Levi Martin

8. Cognitive Sociology and French Psychological Sociology
Gabe Ignatow

9. Cognitive Science and Social Theory
David Eck and Stephen Turner

10. Dual Process Models in Sociology
Vanina Leschziner

11. Bridging the Vocabularies of Dual-Process Models of Culture and Cognition
Jacob Strandell

12. Metaphorical Creativity-The Role of Context
Zoltán Kövecses

13. Priming and Framing: Dimensions of Communication and Cognition
John Sonnett

Part II: Perspectives from Other Fields

14. Cognitive Linguistics
Paul Chilton

15. Class, Cognition, and Cultural Change in Social Class
Henri C. SantosIgor Grossmann, and Michael E. W. Varnum

16. Cognitive Dichotomies, Learning Directions, and the Cognitive Architecture
Ron Sun

17. What is Cultural Fit? From Cognition to Behavior (and Back)
Sanaz MobasseriAmir Goldberg, and Sameer B. Srivistava

Part III: Methods of Cognitive Sociology

18. Productive Methods in the Study of Culture and Cognition
Terence E. McDonnell and Kelcie L. Vercel

19. An Assessment of Methods for Measuring Automatic Cognition.
Andrew Miles

20. Methods for Studying the Cultural Contextual Nature of Implicit Cognition
Hana Shepherd

21. Social Mindscapes and the Self: The Case for Social Pattern Analysis
Jamie L. Mullaney

22. Charting the Emergence of the Cultural from the Cognitive with Agent-based Modeling
Lynette Shaw

Part IV: The Sociology of Perception and Attention

23. Sociology of Attention: Fundamental Reflections on a Theoretical Program
Markus Schroer

24. Risk, Culture, and Cognition
Daina Cheyenne Harvey

25. Cultural Blind Spots and Blind Fields: Collective Forms of Unawareness
Asia Friedman

Part V: Sociocultural Frames of Meaning, Metaphor, and Analogy

26. The Sacred, Profane, Pure, Impure, and Social Energization of Culture
Dmitry Kurakin

27. Cognition and Social Meaning in Economic Sociology
Nina Bandelj and Christoffer Zoeller

28. Scientific Analogies and Hierarchical Thinking: Lessons from the Hive?
Diane M. Rodgers

29. Getting a Foot in the Door: Symbolism, Door Metaphors, and the Cognitive Sociology of Access
Stephanie Peña-Alves

Part VI: Categories, Boundaries, and Identities

30. Foregrounding and Backgrounding: The Logic and Mechanics of Semiotic Subversion
Eviatar Zerubavel

31. War Widows and Welfare Queens: The Semiotics of Deservingness in the U.S. Welfare System
Brittany Pearl Battle

32. Perceiving and Enacting Authentic Identities
J. Patrick Williams

33. Cognitive Migrations: A Cultural and Cognitive Sociology of Personal Transformation
Thomas DeGloma and Erin F. Johnston

Part VII: Time and Memory

34. The Experience of Time in Organizations
Benjamin H. Snyder

35. Silence and Collective Memory
Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi and Chana Teeger

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