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London: Basil Blackwell. Lyman, Stanford M. and Marvin B. Scott. 1970. " In A Sociology of the Absurd. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts. McKeon, Richard. 1971. " In Lloyd F. ), The Prospect of Rhetoric. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, pp. 44—63. Rorty, Richard. 1979. Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Schudson, Michael. 1984. " Theory and Society 13(5): 633-648. Shapiro, Michael J. 1988. The Politics of Representation: Writing Practices in Biography, Photography, and Policy Analysis.

By contrast, for the purposes of cultural sociology, semiotic codes must be tied into both social and psychological environments and into action itself. I will term the result of this specification discourses, in appreciation of, though not identification with, the phenomena conceptualized by Foucault. Discourses are symbolic sets that embody clear references to social system relationships, whether defined in terms of power, solidarity, or other organizational forms (cf. Sewell 1980; Hunt 1984).

When this point of reference is removed, the comparison takes on a different hue. For the most part, American cultural sociology is not only the most middle-range and causally precise, but also the least ambiguous about the autonomy of culture (see Alexander and Smith 1998). References Alexander, Jeffrey. 1987. Twenty Lectures. New York: Columbia University Press. Alexander, Jeffrey, and Philip Smith. 1993. " Theory and Society 22: 151-207. 1998. " Sociologie et Societes, special edition, International Sociological Association World Congress, Montreal.

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