Sociology of the Arts: Exploring Fine and Popular Forms / Edition 1

Sociology of the Arts: Exploring Fine and Popular Forms / Edition 1

by Victoria Alexander
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631230394

ISBN-13: 9780631230397

Pub. Date: 02/10/2003

Publisher: Wiley

Sociology of the Arts is a comprehensive overview of the sociology of art and an authoritative work of scholarship by a leading expert in the field. The book synthesizes the various theoretical models of art sociology, and provides empirical examples as well as stimulating exemplars of sociological work on the arts. Case studies of art works are from both ends…  See more details below

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Sociology of the Arts is a comprehensive overview of the sociology of art and an authoritative work of scholarship by a leading expert in the field. The book synthesizes the various theoretical models of art sociology, and provides empirical examples as well as stimulating exemplars of sociological work on the arts. Case studies of art works are from both ends of the cultural spectrum: fine arts (theatre, dance, symphony, opera) and popular arts (Hollywood movies, pop music, pulp fiction, TV drama, comedy and advertising). These studies, combined with the book’s considerable theoretical breadth and insight, explore how art is created, distributed, received, consumed, and used by people who experience it. The book also discusses the newly emerging question of the art object itself, and the meaning of art works.

Sociology of the Arts is a clearly written, well-organized synthesis for students, and a unique contribution to the field. This international selection of perspectives, empirical research, and case studies makes this book essential for teaching and learning the sociology of art, and will be of great interest to scholars.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631230397
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/10/2003
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Boxes
Preface
Acknowledgments
1Introduction: What is Art?1
Pt. IThe Relationship between Art and Society19
2Reflection Approaches21
3Shaping Approaches41
4A Mediated View: The Cultural Diamond60
Pt. IIAThe Cultural Diamond: The Production of Culture65
5Art Worlds67
6Business and Industries89
7Networks and Nonprofits112
8Artists131
9Globalization157
Pt. IIBThe Cultural Diamond: The Consumption of Culture179
10Reception Approaches181
11Audience Studies205
12Art and Social Boundaries225
Pt. IIIArt in Society249
13The Art Itself251
14The Constitution of Art in Society278
Pt. IVConclusion305
15Studying Art Sociologically307
References312
Index336

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