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‘There’s something fundamental about what makes you laugh.’

Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture

Authored by
Sam Friedman

Print publication date: September 2015
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In 2013 the English comedian Michael McIntyre became officially the most successful comedian in the world. His stand-up tour, Showtime, grossed £21 mi    Read more...
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Middlebrow book culture

Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture

Authored by
David Carter

Print publication date: September 2015
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Given its provenance in popular journalism and the culture wars of the early to mid-twentieth century – and before that in the pseudoscience of phreno    Read more...
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Cultural dissonances

Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture

Authored by
Bernard Lahire

Print publication date: September 2015
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Since the mid-1960s sociologists have learned to understand ‘culture’ (the dominant cultural arbitrary that imposes itself and is recognized as the on    Read more...
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The multiplicity of highbrow culture

Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture

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Guy Bellavance

Print publication date: September 2015
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The relationship between cultural practices and social status has been, since Veblen, a constitutive question in sociology. In this regard, Pierre Bou    Read more...
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Aesthetic capital

Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture

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Sylvia Holla

Print publication date: September 2015
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Beauty comes with benefits. There are the obvious perks, such as sexual attractiveness and a desire on the part of others to seek out the company of g    Read more...
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Introduction to part III

Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture

Authored by
Laurie Hanquinet

Print publication date: September 2015
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The sociology of art and culture which we champion here does not believe in universals: cultural forms change, new mediums and innovative aesthetic pa    Read more...
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The world market of translation in the globalization era

Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture

Authored by
Gisèle Sapiro

Print publication date: September 2015
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How do cultural products circulate accross cultures? In contradistinction to painting or music, written texts often require the mediation of translati    Read more...
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The biennalization of art worlds

Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture

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Monica Sassatelli

Print publication date: September 2015
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A culture of the event – biennals, triennials and more generally art festivals – has become in the last few decades quantitatively and qualitatively p    Read more...
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Contemporary challenges for the sociology of art and culture

Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture

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Laurie Hanquinet

Print publication date: September 2015
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Throughout the world, cultural sociology has been one of the most rapidly growing and dynamic areas of the discipline 1    Read more...
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Digital sociology in the field of devices

Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture

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Adrian Mackenzie

Print publication date: September 2015
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Digital sociology focuses on culture as it plays out in the vast, expanding, power-laden and complex media environments of the last few decades. In th    Read more...
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