Introduction to part II

Authored by: Laurie Hanquinet , Mike Savage

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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This part, composed of two sections, reflects on how aesthetic criteria, norms and contents are created and diffused. We therefore explore the fabric of aesthetics, by focusing on the role of artists, cultural intermediaries and cultural institutions in the making of art and aesthetic principles, and the way these circulate within different networks. Such a detour through artistic production and mediation allows us to move beyond the separation between studies of audiences and producers which is characteristic of recent work. This move enables us to consider the broader dynamics of cultural hierarchies and classification and their interface with other agents within a global context.

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