The Field of Cultural Production

The Field of Cultural Production : Essays on Art and Literature

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"The field of cultural production" brings together Bourdieu's most important writings on art, literature, and aesthetics. Bourdieu examines the study of literary and artistic works, addressing many of the key issues that have preoccupied literary, art and cultural criticism in the late 20th century; aesthetic value and judgement, the social contexts of cultural practice, the role of intellectuals and artists, and the structures of literary and artistic authority. Bourdieu elaborates a theory of the cultural field which situates artistic works within the social conditions of their production, circulation and consumption. He examines the individuals and institutions involved in making cultural products what they are: not only the writers and artists, but also the publishers, critics, dealers, galleries, and academies. He analyzes the structure of the cultural field itself, as well as its position within the broader social structures of power.
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  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0745609864
  • 9780745609867

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Part 1 The field of cultural production: the field of cultural production, or - the economic world reversed; the production of belief - contribution to an economy of symbolic goods; the market of symbolic goods. Part 2 Flaubert and the French literary field: is the structure of "sentimental education" an instance of social self-analysis?; field of power, literary field and habitus; principles for a sociology of cultural works; Flaubert's point of view. Part 3 The pure gaze - essays on art: outline of a sociological theory of art perception; the institutionalization of Anomie; the historical genesis of a pure aesthetic.
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