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Artistes ordinaires : du paradoxe au paradigme ?

Abstract : The theme of this first Biens symboliques / Symbolic Goods dossier is “ordinary artists”—that is to say those musicians, painters, writers, dancers or actors who are neither rich nor famous. The practicalities (working conditions, career instability, the necessity of doing more than one job, etc.) of carrying out their work, and the way they perceive these practicalities (as relegation, or in hope of future recognition) are understood in terms of the paradoxical situation in which these artists find themselves: one that is at once banal (since it concerns most artists), and unconventional (since it derogates from the ideology of originality which governs the world of the arts). The sociology of artistic work, conscious of the part played by social structures, falls within a greater body of recent research into minor or partial modes of artistic recognition, while at the same time paying homage to more classical sociologists such as Howard Becker, Pierre Bourdieu, and Raymonde Moulin. Thanks to articles by Audrey Millet, Serge Katz, Adrien Pégourdie, and Jérémy Sinigaglia, the category of “ordinary” is understood via varied artistic disciplines (plastic and graphic arts, audiovisual media, theatre, classical music, dance) and in very different historical or contemporary contexts, but it is also employed from the perspective of another kind of producers of symbolic goods—intellectuals— in the article by Pierre Bataille, which is dedicated to former students of the prestigious École normale supérieure, who have pursued a form of “downgraded” career path. The dossier ends with an interview with Howard Becker, whose work on “dance musicians” helped form the concept of ordinary artists.
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Marc Perrenoud, Géraldine Bois. Artistes ordinaires : du paradoxe au paradigme ?. Biens Symboliques = Symbolic Goods, Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2017, ⟨10.4000/bssg.88⟩. ⟨halshs-02960371⟩



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