CRESC book series

This series establishes the importance of innovative contemporary, comparative and historical work on the relations between social, cultural and economic change.

Publications within the CRESC book series can be found on the Routledge website.

We publish:

  • empirically-based research that is theoretically informed;
  • research that critically examines the ways in which social, cultural and economic change is framed and made visible;
  • publications that are attentive to perspectives that tend to be ignored or side-lined by grand theorising or epochal accounts of social change.

Comparative approach

The series addresses the diverse manifestations of contemporary capitalism, and consider the various ways in which the 'social', 'the cultural' and 'the economic' are apprehended as tangible sites of value and practice.

It is explicitly comparative, publishing books that work across disciplinary perspectives, cross-culturally, or across different historical periods.

Convergence and divergence

The series is actively engaged in the analysis of the different theoretical traditions that have contributed to the development of the 'cultural turn' with a view to clarifying where these approaches converge and where they diverge on a particular issue.

It is equally concerned to explore the new critical agendas emerging from current critiques of the cultural turn: those associated with the descriptive turn for example.

Our commitment to interdisciplinarity thus aims at enriching theoretical and methodological discussion, building awareness of the common ground has emerged in the past decade and thinking through what is at stake in those approaches that resist integration to a common analytical model.