Sociology of Art and Aesthetics
Sociology of Music, Sociology of Films, Music, Art, Film, TV and Media, Casting Couch
Sociology of art is concerned with the social worlds of
art and aesthetics. Recent developments argues for seeing this work in terms of the label
the New Sociology of Art.
It considers four major lines of re-assessment being
carried out by sociologists studying the arts: firstly, a reconsideration of the
relationship between sociological and other disciplinary approaches to art; secondly, the
possibility of an art-sociology as against a sociology of art; thirdly, the application of
insights from the sociology of art to non-art `stuff '; and, fourthly, the sociology of
the artwork conceived as a contingent social fact.
The argument is made that these developments represent an
advance on the tendency to limit sociological investigations of the arts to contextual or
external factors. The New Sociology of Art is praised for framing questions about the
aesthetic properties of art and artworks in a way that is compatible with social
constructionsim. - The `New Sociology of Art': Putting Art Back into Social Science
Approaches to the Arts - Eduardo de la Fuente - Monash University.
Mobilization of the Arts - Joseph W.
Ruane - Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science
Sociologists have studied the world of art in identifying role differentiation (Parsons,
1951: 408-14), the deviance within jazz subcultures (Becker, 1963), the structures within
which the artist survives (Crane, 1987), or the art world itself as the unit of analysis
(Becker, 1982). Our interest will be an extension of the commercial elements surrounding
In writing about Art and the State, Becker (1982: 165) relates that states and the
governmental apparatus which they operate, participate in the production and distribution
of art within their borders. He goes on to say that many states regard art more or less as
a good thing, at the very least as a sign of cultural development. To support art the
state makes laws and regulations which favor the arts and artists. An artistıs work is
treated as commodity, protected by property laws and copyright laws.
For a sociology of art and artists -
Danila Bertasio and Giorgio Marchetti
The purpose of this paper is twofold: first, to illustrate the theoretical premises and
the methodological approach on which the work of our group is based; second, to describe
the research we have carried out until now. We strongly believe that art can constitute a
subject of the sociological research as long as the latter sets as its objective not only
that of describing, explaining and predicting how the former reflects cultural events, but
also how it generates new and different ones. The main problem is then to devise a level
of analysis capable of avoiding the dangerous forms of reductionism represented by
considering art as a variable either completely dependent on or completely independent of