During recent decades, Jeffrey C. Alexander has been occupied with studying social life from a cultural perspective, developing a cultural sociology concerned with the shaping or constitutive impact of cultural formations and discursive practices on other aspects of social life. In 2003 he published the highly influential book The Meanings of Social Life, which is a collection of substantial papers on various topics analyzed from a cultural sociological perspective, with the programmatic text «The Strong Program in Cultural Sociology» (Alexander and Smith, 2003) leading the way. Ten years have passed. When Alexander was in Oslo in May 2013 giving the Vilhelm Aubert Memorial Lecture,1 I met up with him at the Institute for Social Research to discuss the institutionalization of cultural sociology as a school of social research.
Sosiologisk tidsskrift 2014, 75-90.