Aesthetics and the Sociology of Art

Aesthetics and the Sociology of Art

by Janet Wolff


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Aesthetics and the Sociology of Art by Janet Wolff

A great deal has changed in the ten years since the first edition of this book was published; an area of rather esoteric interest has become one of the major public battlefields of political and academic debate. Rejecting both the art historian's essentialism and the sociologist's reductionism, Janet Wolff argues in this new edition that the concept of the aesthetic must be rescued as much from those who would equate artistic value with political worth as from the total aesthetic relativists who are rendered incapable of judging artistic value.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333596678
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 06/02/1993
Edition description: 1993
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition: Aesthetics in Postmodern Times.- The Sociological Critique of Aesthetics.- Sociology versus Aesthetics.- Political and Aesthetic Value.- The Nature of the Aesthetic.- The Specificity of Art.- Towards a Sociological Aesthetics.- Bibliography.- Index.

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