ISBN-10:
0520256360
ISBN-13:
9780520256361
Pub. Date:
04/08/2008
Publisher:
University of California Press
Art Worlds / Edition 2

Art Worlds / Edition 2

by Howard S. Becker

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Art Worlds / Edition 2


This classic sociological examination of art as collective action explores the cooperative network of suppliers, performers, dealers, critics, and consumers who—along with the artist—"produce" a work of art. Howard S. Becker looks at the conventions essential to this operation and, prospectively, at the extent to which art is shaped by this collective activity. The book is thoroughly illustrated and updated with a new dialogue between Becker and eminent French sociologist Alain Pessin about the extended social system in which art is created, and with a new preface in which the author talks about his own process in creating this influential work.

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ISBN-13: 9780520256361
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 04/08/2008
Edition description: 25th Anniversary edition, Updated and Expanded
Pages: 440
Sales rank: 935,969
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author


Howard S. Becker is author of many books including Telling About Society, Writing for Social Scientists, and Outsiders.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     vi
Preface to the 25th Anniversary Edition     ix
Preface to the First Edition     xxiii
Acknowledgments     xxvi
Art Worlds and Collective Activity     1
Conventions     40
Mobilizing Resources     68
Distributing Art Works     93
Aesthetics, Aestheticians, and Critics     131
Art and the State     165
Editing     192
Integrated Professionals, Mavericks, Folk Artists, and Naive Artists     226
Arts and Crafts     272
Change in Art Worlds     300
Reputation     351
Epilogue to the 25th Anniversary Edition     372
Bibliography     387
Index     401

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