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

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

by Victoria D. Alexander
 

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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

Overview

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.

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

Preface.

1. Introduction: What is Art?.

Part I: The Relationship between Art and Society.

2. Reflection Approaches.

Case Study. The Reflection of Race in Children's Books.

3. Shaping Theory.

Case Study. Violence and Television.

4. A Mediated View: The Cultural Diamond.

Part II: The Cultural Diamond.

A. The Production of Culture.

5. Art Worlds.

Case Study. From Academy to Public Sale.

6. Culture Industries.

Case Study. Innovation and Diversity in the Production of Music.

7. Networks and Nonprofits.

Case Study. Piccolos on the Picket Line: A Strike in the Symphony.

8. Artists.

Case Study. Nothing Succeeds Like Success: Careers in the Film Industry.

9. Globalization.

Case Study. The Return of the Elgin (or Parthenon) Marbles?.

B. The Consumption of Culture.

10. Reception Approaches.

Case Study. Romance Novels as Combat and Compensation.

11. Audience Studies.

Case Study. Cowboys, Indians, and Western Movies.

12. Art and Social Boundaries.

Case Study. Framing Heavy Metal and Rap Music.

Part III: Art in Society.

13. The Art Itself.

Case Study. The Renaissance Way of Seeing.

14. The Constitution of Art in Society.

Case Study. A Strange Sensation: Controversies in Art.

Part IV: Conclusion.

15. Studying Art Sociologically.

Notes.

References.

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