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

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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 and comedy, 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.
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Editorial Reviews

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"In the twenty-five years that I have worked and taught in the field of sociology, this is the first textbook that I can remember enjoying and learning a lot from. Alexander’s Sociology of the Arts brings to life both cutting-edge research and classic works in the sociology of literature, music, art, and popular culture. Students will discover what fascinating things researchers have learned by studying the arts sociologically. And specialists will know what is happening in the forefront of the field." Ann Swidler, University of California at Berkeley

"Sociology of the Arts is a most welcome addition to the field. With a high level of sophistication, but without unnecessary jargon, Dr. Alexander clearly lays out the different frameworks of analysis that have emerged in recent years." Vera Zolberg, New School for Social Research

"This is an informative and thoughtful text for courses in the sociology of art." D. Harper, Univesity of Rochester

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631230397
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/10/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria D. Alexander is Lecturer of Sociology at the University of Surrey. She is the author of Museums and Money: The Impact of Funding on Exhibitions, Scholarship, and Management (1996).

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Boxes
1 Introduction: What is Art? 1
Pt. I The Relationship between Art and Society 19
2 Reflection Approaches 21
3 Shaping Approaches 41
4 A Mediated View: The Cultural Diamond 60
Pt. IIA The Cultural Diamond: The Production of Culture 65
5 Art Worlds 67
6 Business and Industries 89
7 Networks and Nonprofits 112
8 Artists 131
9 Globalization 157
Pt. IIB The Cultural Diamond: The Consumption of Culture 179
10 Reception Approaches 181
11 Audience Studies 205
12 Art and Social Boundaries 225
Pt. III Art in Society 249
13 The Art Itself 251
14 The Constitution of Art in Society 278
Pt. IV Conclusion 305
15 Studying Art Sociologically 307
References 312
Index 336
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