Sociology of Art: New Stakes in a Post-Critical Time

Abstract : Over-rationalizing a general movement in the sociology of art, which is undoubtedly more "Brownian" and less clearly oriented in reality, we will organize the display of recent evolutions in the social studies of arts around the notion of mediation. If the concept remains ambiguous, it clearly points out a strong new trend shared by very diverse approaches: a focus on objects and devices, on local situations, on reflexive and politically critical analyses of the social and artistic values, all this requiring to pay more attention to the materiality of intermediaries, to acknowledge their opacity regarding social determinations or aesthetic effects, to analyse the active role they play in the definition of art works and tastes.
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Antoine Hennion, Line Grenier. Sociology of Art: New Stakes in a Post-Critical Time. ISA Research Council, Stella QUAH, Arnaud SALES. The International Handbook of Sociology, New-York, London, SAGE Publications, pp.341-355, 2000. ⟨halshs-00193262⟩

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