Introduction to part III

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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The sociology of art and culture which we champion here does not believe in universals: cultural forms change, new mediums and innovative aesthetic paradigms emerge. All of this influences the type of cultural resources one can draw on, and the ways one relates to others and to one’s environment. It also affects how people perceive themselves and build their identity. We therefore need to not only pursue new avenues of inquiry but to also revisit more established ones. This final part of the handbook focuses on three of these avenues that strike us as particularly promising for the development of the discipline.

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