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Jeffrey A. Halley is Professor of Sociology at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where he directs the Laboratory for the Sociology of the Arts, Culture, and Communications (SACC) of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).
His research focuses on theory, art, culture, and media.  Recent articles concern the problem of the rationalization of culture in the Dada art movement, Mexican American Conjunto music, and the wine industry.
In 2010 and 2011 he was Guest Editor of two volumes of  Sociologie De l’Art (Sociology of Art), Théorie/Epistémologie/Littérature [Theory/Epistemology/Literature, and  “Rationalisation et Résistance/Postmodernisme” [Rationalization and  Resistance/Postmodernism. He has been a Fulbright Fellow and guest professor at the universities of Ljubljana, Metz, and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France.  He was elected President, Research Committee [equivalent to ASA Section] on the Sociology of the Arts, the International Sociological Association, and currently serves as Vice President, Research Committee on Knowledge, Communications, and Culture, International Sociological Association.

Recent Courses

  • Sociological Theory SOC 5003
  • Cultural Studies SOC 5263
  • Topics: Mass Media SOC 6903
  • Classical Sociological Theory SOC 3343
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory SOC 3353
  • Mass Media in Society SOC 3423
  • Culture & Society SOC 4433

Research in Progress

  • Halley, Jeffrey A., and Sonolet, Daglind, eds., Bourdieu in Question: Recent Developments in the French Sociology of Culture, under contract with Brill Press.

Recent Publications

  • Brown, Michael E. and Jeffrey A. Halley, “Culture, Theory, and Critique: Marx, Durkheim, and Human Science,” Current Perspectives in Social Theory; Emerald (UK), 30:151-178. 2012. ISBN: 978-1-78190-034-5.
  • Halley, Jeffrey A.,  “Conjunto and Place: Mexican American Music and Dance in San Antonio and South Texas”],  in Twenty-Five Years of the Sociology of Music in France : Practice,  works, interdisciplinarity, Ed. Brandl, Emmanuel, Cécile Prévost-Thomas, and Hyacinthe  Ravet, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2012, pp.209-226.  ISBN: 978-2296996854.

  • Halley,Jeffrey A.,  “Mondo Vino: Rationalization and Resistance in the Sphere of Wine”,  in Les arts moyens aujourd'hui (Volume 1), [A Middle-Brow Art Today]. Ed., Florent Gaudez,  l”Harmatttan, Paris, 2008.
  • Halley,Jeffrey A., "Cultural Resistance to Rationalization: A Study of an Art Avant-Garde,  "H.Etzkowitz and R. Glassman, eds., The Renascence of Sociological Theory: Traditional Perspectives and New Directions (Itasca, Ill.: Peacock Publishers, 227-244, 1991).

Publications with students:

Halley, J. A., & Ordner, J. P. (2010). « Charisme et icône : le cas d’Obama » [Charisma and Icon: the Case of Obama]. In Florent Gaudez (Eds.), "Figures de l'Altérité. Comment peut-on être Socio-anthropologue aujourd’hui", [Figures of Otherness: How can one be a Socio-Anthropologist Today?]. Paris: l’Harmattan.

Halley, J. A. & Ordner, J. P. (2009). "Obama as Charismatic Icon". In Bianca Maria Pirani and Ivan Varga (Eds.), Acting Bodies in Social Networking : A Bridge between Technology and Working Memory (vol. 1). Lanham, MD: University Press of America - Rowman & Littlefield.

Additional Information

Director, Laboratory for the Sociology of the Arts, Culture, and Communications (SACC) Research Group OPuS 2 International (Oeuvres, Publics, Sociétés) [Artworks, Publics, Societies] University of Texas at San Antonio and The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) (12/08-present).  UTSA has the only CNRS Laboratory in the Sociology of the Arts in the US.


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