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The article addresses the role of literal physical or material textures in social life; as well as providing an overview of social science approaches that use texture as a metaphor for the implicit feel of a place or given situation.

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Why is it important?

The article offers an innovative reading of the fallout and legacy of the 'cultural turn' and its materialist, sensorial and affective qualities.


The article reflects over a decade of engagement by the author in debates about how to theorize and approach questions of culture, aesthetics and social life. It aims to move beyond disciplinary and sub-disciplinary specializations that may have prevented dialogue between different approaches (e.g., cultural sociology and organization theory) and conceptual innovation (for e.g., sociologists have been laggards in engaging with what sociologists term 'non-representational theory').

Eduardo de la Fuente
University of Wollongong

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This page is a summary of: After the cultural turn: For a textural sociology, The Sociological Review, January 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0038026118825233.
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