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Critics, Ratings, and Society : The Sociology of Reviews - Grant Blank

Critics, Ratings, and Society

The Sociology of Reviews


Published: 10th October 2006
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Critics, Ratings, and Society is the first comprehensive study of the review as social institution. Its theories and data encompass reviews of all types of products-including the arts (e.g. theater, books, and music) and consumer products (e.g. cars, software, and appliances). According to Blank, the core problem of reviews is credibility. Concerns about credibility organize the formulation of reviews and audiences. The connoisseurial-procedural distinction describes the production of credibility and its assessment under different types of rating systems.

What are reviews? -- Toward a theory of credible rating systems -- Connoisseurial reviews: restaurants -- Procedural reviews: statistical software -- The production of reviews -- Audiences, credibility, and the social construction of reviews -- "Dining is my sport": reception and hierarchies -- Reviews and the status culture.

ISBN: 9780742575790
ISBN-10: 0742575799
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 10th October 2006
Publisher: University Press of America