Myth, meaning, and performance: toward a new cultural sociology of the arts
The cultural and performative turns in social theory have enlivened sociology. For the first time these new developments are fully integrated into new approaches to the sociology of the arts in this important new book. Building on the established research into art worlds, what is interesting for the new sociology of the arts, understood in the broad sense to include popular culture as well the classical focus on music, painting, and literature, is the relationship between art works and meaning, myth, and performance. Also reflected in these rich essays, which range from Beethoven to John Lennon to Chinese avant garde artists, is the lived experience of the artist and its impact on the process of creation and innovation.
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abstract expressionism actors Adorno aesthetic analysis art history artwork audience autonomy avant-garde artists Beethoven Beethoven's music Bourdieu century China Chinese art Chinese artists Chinese avant-garde art Chinese contemporary art Chinese modern Clement Greenberg collective representations composer concept context conventions created creative critical cultural production Cultural Revolution culture industry DeNora discourse distinctive Durkheim emergence example experience Eyerman figure Frankfurt School Greenberg historical idea ideal images imagination individual instrument interaction interpretation John Lennon kind level of abstraction Lisa McCormick mass culture meaning meaningful modern art modernist movement musical performance musical text musicians myth narrative notion object painting performance perspective performance practice piano political pop art postmodern production of culture realist realm relations religious ritual Ron Eyerman sacred significant social performance socialist socialist realism society sociologists sociology of art soul space structure style stylistic sublime symbolic Theodor Adorno theory tion totem tradition values visual West Western Witkin