The Field of Cultural Production

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During the last two decades, sociologist Pierre Bourdieu has become a dominant force in cultural activity ranging from taste in music and art to choices in food and lifestyles.

The Field of Cultural Production brings together Bourdieu's major essays on art and literature and provides the first introduction to Bourdieu's writings and theory of a cultural field that situates artistic works within the social conditions of their production, ...

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Overview

During the last two decades, sociologist Pierre Bourdieu has become a dominant force in cultural activity ranging from taste in music and art to choices in food and lifestyles.

The Field of Cultural Production brings together Bourdieu's major essays on art and literature and provides the first introduction to Bourdieu's writings and theory of a cultural field that situates artistic works within the social conditions of their production, circulation, and consumption.

Bourdieu develops a highly original approach to the study of literary and artistic works, addressing many of the key issues that have preoccupied literary art and cultural criticism in the last twentieth century: aesthetic value and canonicity, intertextuality, the institutional frameworks of cultural practice, the social role of intellectuals and artists, and structures of literary and artistic authority.

Bourdieu elaborates a theory of the cultural field which situates artistic works within the social conditions of their production, circulation, and consumption. He examines the individuals and institutions involved in making cultural products what they are: not only the writers and artists, but also the publishers, critics, dealers, galleries, and academies. He analyzes the structure of the cultural field itself as well as its position within the broader social structures of power.

The essays in his volume examine such diverse topics as Flaubert's point of view, Manet's aesthetic revolution, the historical creation of the pure gaze, and the relationship between art and power.

The Field of Cultural Porduction will be of interest to students and scholars from a wide range of disciplines: sociology and social theory, literature, art, and cultural studies.

Columbia University Press

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Since the early 1970s, French sociologist Bourdieu has become a major theoretical voice in the critical study of cultural practices. This volume brings together Bourdieu's major essays on art, literature, and culture, published between 1968 and 1987. It includes articles appearing in English for the first time, others previously published in book and journals but not always readily accessible, and a series of three lectures presented as the Christian Gauss Seminars in Criticism at Princeton U. in 1986, here published for the first time in any language.

Lisa Jardine
Brings together Bourdieu's most important writings on art, literature, and aesthetics. Bourdieu's analysis of the economy of symbolic capital and of cultural power relations will undoubtedly become classic formulations.
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Since the early 1970s, French sociologist Bourdieu has become a major theoretical voice in the critical study of cultural practices. This volume brings together Bourdieu's major essays on art, literature, and culture, published between 1968 and 1987. It includes articles appearing in English for the first time, others previously published in book and journals but not always readily accessible, and a series of three lectures presented as the Christian Gauss Seminars in Criticism at Princeton U. in 1986, here published for the first time in any language. Edited with an introduction by Randal Johnson. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Pierre Bourdieu is professor of Sociology at the College de France. His numerous other works include Homo Academicus and Language and Symbolic Power.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

PrefaceEditor's Introduction: Pierre Bourdieu on Art, Literature and Culture

Pt. I The Field of Cultural Production1 The Field of Cultural Production, or: The Economic World Reversed2 The Production of Belief: Contribution to an Economy of Symbolic Goods3 The Market of Symbolic Goods

Pt. II Flaubert and the French Literary Field4 Is the Structure of Sentimental Education an Instance of Social Self-analysis?5 Field of Power, Literary Field and Habitus6 Principles for a Sociology of Cultural Works7 Flaubert's Point of View

Pt. III The Pure Gaze: Essays on Art8 Outline of a Sociological Theory of Art Perception9 Manet and the Institutionalization of Anomie10 The Historical Genesis of a Pure Aesthetic

NotesSelected BibliographyIndex

Columbia University Press

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