Art and Society: Readings in the Sociology of the Arts

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Arnold W. Foster, Judith R. Blau
SUNY Press, Jul 28, 1989 - Social Science - 513 pages
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There is currently no reader in print that provides a broad ranging overview for an undergraduate course on the sociology of the arts or the sociology of culture. This book remedies this situation as it provides students with an overall understanding of the current issues, theoretical approaches, and substantive contributions in the sociology of the arts.

Included are chapters on the aesthetic meaning of art; the social and institutional production of art; the links among audiences, artists, and cultural organizations; tensions between artists and their bureaucratized working settings; the training and careers of artists; relations between art and society; and the dynamics of cultural change. In addition to section introductions, there is a comprehensive introduction to provide students with an understanding of the history of the field, its main theoretical currents, and also to provide them with an appreciation of the contributions to cultural studies by other disciplines, such as anthropology and history.

An extensive bibliography is also included in the reader, which was developed to assist students who wish to pursue research topics.
 

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Contents

IntroductionArnold W Foster
6
Without ArtAlicja Iwanska
31
in Modern SocietyCharles Simpson
55
Years AgoCharles W Hughes
133
Mass Class and the ReviewerKurt Lang
191
Patrons and GateKeepersSally Ridgeway
205
Artists and Their Social Networks
221
The Social Networks
227
Interrelationships
293
Art and Society
343
The Evolutionary Taxonomy of Culture
349
German Parteilieder and Christian Hymns
375
Economic Correlates of Artistic CreativityVytautas Kavolis
383
Two Crises in
397
High Culture as Mass CultureJudith R Blau
429
Contributors
491

The Simplex Located in Art Worlds
243
Some Features
279

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About the author (1989)

Arnold W. Foster is Associate Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany.

Judith R. Blau is Professor of Sociology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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