Public institutions of “high” culture

Authored by: Victoria D. Alexander

Handbook of Cultural Sociology

Print publication date:  July  2010
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415474450
eBook ISBN: 9780203891377
Adobe ISBN: 9781134026159


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This chapter focuses on institutions that distribute “high” culture via public, or quasi-public, mechanisms. High culture includes the fine arts, such as classical and contemporary visual arts, opera, classical music, and theatre. I discuss art museums, symphony orchestras, and opera, drama, and dance companies. These organizations comprise the “supported arts sector” as they are reliant, to some degree, on public (governmental) funding for their continued operations.

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