Introduction

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This introduction explains how the collection marks a new stage in the development of a meaningful sociology of the arts which aims to move beyond production perspectives and their limiting focus on the social organization of artistic endeavors. I argue that the sociology of the arts has not kept pace with advances in cultural sociology, and I attribute this stagnation to two causes. First, the “critical stream” in the sociology of the arts has continued to avoid the reflexive self-criticism that Inglis (Sociologie de l’Art, 15, 113–135, 2010) believed was necessary for it to confront the tendency toward imperialism and dogmatism in its analytic dispositions. Second, the distinction between culture as an object of study and culture as an approach has become an ingrained habit. As a result, sociologists of the arts have continued to neglect questions of meaning and sociologists who adopt cultural approaches have tended to gravitate toward empirical domains other than the arts. I define the scope of the volume and outline its contents, showing how the contributions demonstrate the benefits and rewards of adopting a cultural approach in the sociological study of the arts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cultural Sociology of Art and Music
Subtitle of host publicationNew Directions and New Discoveries
EditorsLisa McCormick
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter1
Pages1-16
Number of pages16
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9783031114205
ISBN (Print)9783031114199, 9783031114229
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2022

Publication series

NameCultural Sociology
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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