Measuring Meaning with Text
Texts provide rich records of semantic systems and social processes. A key objective for scholars in the Culture and Action Network is to develop tools to effectively draw meaning from text and to leverage textual data to answer longstanding questions in the sociology of culture.
The Organization of Perception
How do structures of sensation relate to the structures of meaning? The ways we perceive are culturally modulated, but the way objects are classified, systematized, and understood are constrained by their material sensory affordances. Drawing together recent advances in cognitive psychology with contemporary sociological theory, our research locates perception at the center of a new theory of meaning.