Art and Social Theory: Sociological Arguments in Aesthetics / Edition 1

Art and Social Theory: Sociological Arguments in Aesthetics / Edition 1

by Austin Harrington
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0745630391

ISBN-13: 9780745630397

Pub. Date: 03/15/2004

Publisher: Wiley

Art and Social Theory provides a comprehensive introduction to sociological studies of the arts. It examines the central debates of social theorists and sociologists about the place of the arts in society and the social significance of aesthetics. Separate chapters discuss questions about the meaning of the arts in relation to changing cultural institutions and

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Art and Social Theory provides a comprehensive introduction to sociological studies of the arts. It examines the central debates of social theorists and sociologists about the place of the arts in society and the social significance of aesthetics. Separate chapters discuss questions about the meaning of the arts in relation to changing cultural institutions and socioeconomic structures, as well as questions of aesthetic value and cultural politics, taste and social class, money and patronage, ideology and utopia, myth and popular culture, and the contested meanings of modernism and postmodernism. The book also presents lucid accounts of leading social theorists of the arts from Weber, Simmel, Benjamin, Kracauer and the Frankfurt School to Foucault, Bourdieu, Habermas, Baudrillard, Lyotard, Luhmann and Jameson. The book will be essential reading for students of sociology, cultural studies, art history and comparative literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745630397
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/15/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
Acknowledgementsix
Introduction1
1Conceptions and Approaches9
Metaphysical conceptions of art9
Sociological conceptions of art15
Humanistic art history15
Marxist social history of art17
Cultural studies, cultural materialism and postmodernism19
Institutional theories of art in analytical philosophy22
Anthropological studies of art25
Empirical sociology of contemporary arts institutions28
Conclusion31
2Aesthetic Value and Political Value32
Value-relevance and value-neutrality32
Liberal-humanistic art scholarship39
Socialist criticism42
Feminist criticism44
Postcolonial criticism49
Sociology, politics and aesthetics52
Conclusion56
3Production and Socioeconomic Structure58
Art and social class structure: Marxist theories58
Art and social evolution: Pitirim Sorokin, Arnold Hauser and Robert Witkin63
Patronage: the church, the monarchy and the nobility72
Arts markets in early modern Europe75
The state and the market in twentieth-century arts funding78
Conclusion81
4Consumption and Aesthetic Autonomy83
Kantian aesthetics83
Leisure, gentility and aesthetic autonomy89
Art and cultural capital: Pierre Bourdieu94
Arts consumption in the US98
Aesthetic validity versus the sociology of taste101
Conclusion110
5Ideology and Utopia112
Origins of the critique of mass culture113
Art in German idealist philosophy117
Marx, Bloch and Lukacs124
Art, myth and religion in nineteenth-century European high culture129
Richard Wagner and Friedrich Nietzsche133
Sublimation and civilization: Sigmund Freud and Herbert Marcuse137
Conclusion141
6Modernity and Modernism142
Aesthetic modernity after Charles Baudelaire142
Max Weber: rationalization and the aesthetic sphere146
Georg Simmel: money, style and sociability150
Walter Benjamin: mourning and the messianic154
Siegfried Kracauer: the redemption of physical reality159
Theodor Adorno and the Frankfurt School164
The Frankfurt School reassessed169
Conclusion175
7Postmodernism and After177
German aesthetic thought since 1945: from Heidegger to Habermas178
French aesthetic thought since 1945: literary thinking after the Marquis de Sade184
Postmodernism190
Beyond postmodernism: autonomy and reflexivity196
Globalization and the arts201
Conclusion206
Conclusion207
Further Reading211
References214
Index225

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