Seinfeld's George Costanza holds a strange place in culture. He's loved, but unlovable. At the heart of that contradiction is his status as folk hero.
MSG, the Japanese flavor enhancer, has grown into an international sensation. But its history is also fraught with tension.
In the U.K., Christmas decorations are often associated with the lower-class, and such visibility has been scorned and criticized.
Sociologist Pierre Bourdieu's 1970s concept of cultural capital has been co-opted by economics, racial studies, and education.
The metaphor isn't just a literary device; it informs our conceptual understanding of language and the world.
The controversy over Jesus' birthday has gone on for centuries.