In Defence of Theoretical and Methodological Pluralism in the Sociology of Art: A critique of georgina born's programmatic essay

Eduardo de la Fuente

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    Abstract

    This article welcomes Born's proposal that the sociology of art learn from 'adjacent fields' that can 'augment the sociological repertoire'. It agrees especially that sociologists can learn much from the anthropology of art and material culture studies. However, it challenges Born's claim that the sociology of art has 'seen little progress in recent years' and thus questions certain aspects of her proposal for a 'post-Bourdieuian theory of cultural production'. The central argument is: rather than an 'analytics of mediation' - which Born recommends - the sociology of art can benefit from studying material 'mediators' at work in concrete artistic networks, and the role of aesthetic agency and art in the constitution of social life more generally. The ar ticle concludes that the path forward for a sociology of art may lie precisely in not trying to force a reconciliation between macro and micro approaches, or between humanities and social science perspectives.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)217-230
    Number of pages14
    JournalCultural Sociology
    Volume4
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2010

    Keywords

    • Alfred Gell
    • Art and agency
    • Cultural production
    • Mediators
    • New sociology of art
    • Sociology of art

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