Culture and Human Action

Richard Biernacki
"Back to Sociology's Origins: Contracts in the Protestant Ethic"
March 23, 2004, 4:00PM, 206 Ingraham
"Contradictory Schemas of Action: Manufacturing Intellectual Property"
March 24, 2004, 4:00PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
March 25, 2004, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    Richard Biernacki is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Univeristy of California, San Diego. His empirical research has focused on the divergent paths of class formation in Nineteenth Century England and Germany and the consequences of these divergences for the culture and theory of work in both countries. Biernacki has written on questions of theory and method in historical sociology, and especially on how culture should be conceived and deployed in historical research. He is currently completing a book on social action in historical inquiry, which uses practice theory and linguistics to critique the teleological theories of action employed by most sociologists and economists. Publications include The Fabrication of Labor: Germany and Britain, 1640-1914 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995), “Language and the Shift from Signs to Practices in Cultural Inquiry,” History and Theory 39, 3 (2000) pp. 289-310 and Time, Place, Action:Ventures Beyond the Cultural Turn.