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The Sociology of Art : Ways of Seeing - David Inglis

The Sociology of Art

Ways of Seeing

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What light can sociology shed on art and culture in contemporary society? What is distinctive about the sociological understanding of art? In what ways is the sociology of art today developing new insights into the nature of artistic life? This volume contains essays by a wide range of authors, each of whom is concerned with showing the multiple ways in which artistic processes are profoundly shaped by their social settings. Encompassing a wide range of artistic fields, including painting, film, ballet and architecture, the book demonstrates how sociological appreciations of art and artists provide rich and stimulating alternative perspectives to conventional art criticism.

'Inglis and Hughson are to be congratulated for producing such an exciting, innovative and rigorous collection of original papers on the sociology of art, which is long overdue in this area of study.' - Professor Helen Thomas, Research Director at London College of Fashion, UK

List of Figuresp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Notes on Contributorsp. xii
Introduction: 'Art' and Sociologyp. 1
Key questionsp. 2
Structure and purposesp. 2
Ways of seeingp. 3
Theory Past, Present and Future
Thinking 'Art' Sociologicallyp. 11
Introductionp. 11
Taking issue with 'art'p. 11
Taking issue with the 'artist'p. 15
'Art' and 'society'p. 19
The 'art world'p. 24
Conclusionp. 29
When Does Art Become Art? Assessing Pierre Bourdieu's Theory of Artistic Fieldsp. 30
Introductionp. 30
The social conditions of artistic receptionp. 33
The social conditions of artistic productionp. 36
The historical genesis of an autonomous field of productionp. 39
Conclusionp. 41
The Female Body in Women's Artistic Practice: Developing a Feminist Sociological Approachp. 43
Introductionp. 43
Making women's artp. 44
The politics of the female body in women's artp. 46
Psychoanalysis, postmodernism and visual culturep. 48
Poststructuralism, philosophy and psychoanalysis (again)p. 50
Feminism and art todayp. 52
Conclusionp. 55
A 'New' Paradigm for a Sociology of Aestheticsp. 57
Introductionp. 57
Abstractionp. 59
Semiotic systemsp. 60
Social systemsp. 60
Perceptual systemsp. 63
Haptic systemsp. 65
Optic systemsp. 67
Somatic systemsp. 69
Conclusionp. 72
Acknowledgmentsp. 72
Invisible Aesthetics and the Social Work of Commodity Culturep. 73
Introductionp. 73
Everyday meaningsp. 75
Commodity culture and informal meaning-makingp. 77
Cultural commoditiesp. 79
Making the invisible visiblep. 81
Representing the invisiblep. 82
Private and public 'art worlds'p. 83
Conclusionp. 85
Acknowledgementp. 85
Cultural Studies and the Sociology of Culturep. 87
Introductionp. 87
Between 'social life' and 'texts'p. 89
Sociology and 'culture'p. 91
Conclusion: Towards rapprochementp. 95
The Sociology of Art: Between Cynicism and Reflexivityp. 98
Introductionp. 98
Tacit assumptionsp. 99
The ubiquity of powerp. 101
Sociological imperialismp. 103
Bourdieu against himselfp. 105
Conclusionp. 107
From Theory to Practice: Case Studies in the Sociology of Art
Framing Old Age: Sociological Perspectives on Ageing in Victorian Paintingp. 113
Introductionp. 113
Old age and Victorian art historyp. 114
Frederick Walker and The Harbour of Refugep. 116
Hubert von Herkomer and The Last Musterp. 117
Hubert von Herkomer and Eventide: A Scene in the Westminster Unionp. 119
Complexities of responsep. 121
Conclusionp. 122
The Rise and Fall of the Art (House) Moviep. 125
Introductionp. 125
Formation (1918-39)p. 127
Consolidation (1950-70)p. 132
Fragmentation (1970-2000)p. 135
Conclusionp. 138
Opera, Modernity and Cultural Fieldsp. 139
Introductionp. 139
Modernity, operatic discourse and powerp. 141
Theorising modernityp. 143
Aesthetics and cultural fieldsp. 145
Modernity and Venetian operap. 146
Court opera and bourgeois operap. 148
Operatic canon and modern operap. 152
Conclusionp. 154
'World Music' and the Globalization of Soundp. 156
Introductionp. 156
The nature of 'world music'p. 157
Categories of world musicp. 160
The social organisation of world musicp. 162
World music and globalizationp. 164
The ambivalences of world musicp. 166
Conclusionp. 169
'High Arts' and the Market: An Uneasy Partnership in the Transnational World of Balletp. 171
Introductionp. 171
The emergence of the transnational ballet world - politics, mentors, patronsp. 172
Market, ballet and distrustp. 173
The greatest dancer: Nureyev and his marketp. 177
The exchange: Ballet and businessp. 178
Conclusion: Ballet in the global marketplacep. 180
Reconstructing the Centre: Sociological Approaches to the Rebuilding of Berlinp. 183
Introductionp. 183
Formalism vs Functionalismp. 185
Architectural discourse and sociological discoursep. 186
Towards dialecticsp. 187
Architecture and the postmodern crisisp. 191
A model for architecture in the twenty-first century?p. 193
Conclusionp. 194
Referencesp. 196
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ISBN: 9780333962664
ISBN-10: 0333962664
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st July 2005
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 16.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 24.0
Edition Number: 1