From sociology of culture to sociology of artistic producers

How to become a contemporary artist

Authored by: Nathalie Heinich

Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture

Print publication date:  September  2015
Online publication date:  September  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415855112
eBook ISBN: 9780203740248
Adobe ISBN: 9781135008895


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The term ‘sociology of culture’ is broad and ambiguous enough to elicit severe misunderstandings, so that its various uses need to be clarified. On the one hand, the English and the French meanings appear to be often quite different, as we shall see in the first part of this paper. And on the other hand, the sociology of consumption or reception tends to obscure the sociology of artistic producers, as we shall see in the second part. The last and main section will provide an illustration of how the focus on artistic production can be implemented regarding the issue of entering this world for a young artist, first according to an historical perspective, and then in the case of French contemporary visual arts.

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