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Wiley (2020-11-02)
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Sociology of the Arts

Exploring Fine and Popular Forms

by Victoria D. Alexander

Explains the key concepts, theories, and studies in the sociology of the arts—the fully updated new edition of the classic textbook

Sociology of the Arts is a comprehensive yet accessible review of sociological approaches to studying the fine, popular, and folk arts. Integrating scholarly literature, theoretical models, and empirical studies, this authoritative textbook provides balanced coverage of a broad range of essential topics— enabling a deeper understanding of the field as a whole. Throughout the text, numerous real-world case studies reinforce key concepts, stimulate classroom discussion, and encourage students to contemplate abstract theoretical issues central to the relationship between art and society.

Now in its second edition, this bestselling volume features fully revised content that reflects the most recent literature and research in the field. New discussion on the production and the consumption of culture are complemented by fresh perspectives on changes in the social world such as the rise of the internet and digital media. Updated chapters offer insights into social boundaries and embodiment in the arts, emplacement, materiality, the social construction of art and aesthetics, and more. Exploring how art is created, distributed, received, and consumed, this textbook:

  • Explores both classic work and new approaches in the sociology of the arts
  • Features case studies and discussion questions on art forms including popular music, film, romance novels, visual arts, and classical music
  • Discusses the meaning of artistic objects and why interpretations of art vary
  • Examines the ways art intersects with race, gender, sexuality, and class
  • Includes photographs, tables and figures, and a comprehensive reference list

Written by a leading scholar in the field, Sociology of the Arts: Exploring Fine and Popular Forms, Second Edition is an ideal textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on sociology of art and culture, media studies, anthropology of art, arts management, and the social history of art, and is a useful reference for established scholars studying any aspect of sociology of the arts.

 

VICTORIA D. ALEXANDER is Professor of Sociology and Arts Management at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. She is author of Museums and Money: The Impact of Funding on Exhibitions, Scholarship, and Management (1996), co-author of Art and the State: The Visual Arts in Comparative Perspective (2005), and co-editor of the multi-volume Art and the Challenge of Markets (2018).

 

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

List of Figures

List of Boxes

Preface and Acknowledgements

Chapter 1.  Introduction: What is Art?

Part I. The Relationship between Art and Society

Chapter 2.  Reflection Approaches

Case 2.1. The Reflection of Race in Children’s Books

Chapter 3.  Shaping Approaches

Case 3.1. Violence in Popular Arts

Chapter 4.  A Mediated View: The Cultural Diamond

Part IIA. The Cultural Diamond: The Production of Culture

Chapter 5. Art Worlds and Artistic Fields

Case 5.1. From Academy to Public Sale

Chapter 6. Businesses and Industries

Case 6.1. Innovation in Commercial Musical Theatre

Chapter 7. Nonprofits and Networks

Case 7.1. Piccolos on the Picket Line: A Strike in the Symphony

Chapter 8.  Artists

Case 8.1. Nothing Succeeds Like Success: Careers in the Film Industry

Part IIB. The Cultural Diamond: The Consumption of Culture

Chapter 9. Consumption Approaches

Case 9.1. Romance Novels as Combat and Compensation

Chapter 10. Sites and Experiences

Case 10.1. The Experience of Music

Chapter 11. Identities

Case 11.1. Acropolis Now: National Identity and the Return of the Parthenon Marbles?

Chapter 12. Distinction

Case 12.1. New Forms of Cultural Capital? Debates about Distinction

 

Part III. Art in Society

Chapter 13. The Art Itself

Case 13.1. The Renaissance Way of Seeing

Chapter 14. The Constitution of Art in Society

Case 14.1. A Strange Sensation: Controversies in Art

Part IV. Conclusion

Chapter 15. Studying Art Sociologically

References

Index

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