Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture
Edited by Laurie Hanquinet, Mike Savage
Routledge – 2014 – 600 pages
The Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Arts and Culture offers a comprehensive overview of sociology of art and culture, focusing especially – though not exclusively – on the visual arts, literature, music, and digital culture. Extending, and critiquing, Bourdieu’s influential analysis of cultural capital, the distinguished international contributors explore the extent to which cultural omnivorousness has eclipsed highbrow culture, the role of ethnicity and migration on cultural practices, the character of aesthetic preferences, the contemporary significance of screen culture, and the restructuring of popular culture. The Handbook critiques modes of sociological determinism in which cultural engagement is seen as the simple product of the educated middle classes. The contributions explore the critique of Eurocentrism and the global and cosmopolitan dimensions of cultural life. The book focuses particularly on bringing cutting edge ‘relational’ research methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative, to bear on these debates. This handbook not only describes the field, but also proposes an agenda for its development which will command major international interest.
Part 1. The Debate on Cultural Distinction 1. Bourdieu: An International Heritage 2. The Omnivore Debate 3. Migration, Ethnicity and Cosmopolitan Cultural Capital Part 2. Methods for Cultural Analysis 4. Reconsidering Qualitative and Quantitative Methods 5. Relational Approaches to Cultural Sociology Part 3. Production and Consumption: The Fabric of Aesthetics 6. Production of Aesthetics 7. Sociology of Tastes: Aesthetics and Performances Part 4. Multiplication of Symbolic Boundaries 8. The Restructuring of Elite and Popular Culture 9. Screen, Social Media and Networks: The Importance of Virtual Consumption in the Reshaping of Cultural Hierarchies Part 5. Cultural Capital and Territorial Power 10. Cultural Capital and the City 11. Territorial and Symbolic Boundaries