Art and Society
Readings in the Sociology of the Arts
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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.
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.