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Sociology of Culture and Cultural Practices : The Transformative Power of Institutions

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In Sociology of Culture and of Cultural Practices, Laurent Fleury presents a synthesis of research and debate from France and the United States. He traces the development of the sociology of culture from its origins (Weber and Simmel) and examines the major trends that have emerged in this branch of sociology. Fleury also raises issues of cultural hierarchy, distinction, and legitimate culture and mass culture and focuses on new areas of research, including the role of institutions, the reception of works of art, aesthetic experience, and emancipation through art.show more

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  • Hardback | 178 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739174819
  • 9780739174814
  • 2,094,211

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Not only is this an intellectually lively and thought-provoking book, it is refreshingly optimistic in its insights into and theories about how cultural institutions inform and transform cultural practices. Drawing upon both European and U.S. American histories and traditions of sociological thought, Fleury convincingly overturns deterministic notions of habitus, and argues against the idea that the project of the democratization of culture has failed. Fleury returns political and social agency to cultural institutions as actors in public policy and as places where people can experience and express new attitudes, pleasures and values. This is a book that should be read by the cultural managers of museums, art galleries, theatres and libraries, as well as by scholars of cultural sociology, cultural studies and leisure studies-indeed, it is a book to inspire anyone who is concerned about democratic access to the arts. -- Danielle Fuller, University of Birminghamshow more

About Laurent Fleury

Laurent Fleury is professor of sociology at the Universite Paris Diderot (Paris 7).show more

Table of contents

Foreword: A new perspective. Terry Nichols Clark, University of Chicago Preface: An invitation to think about culture: An institutional approach Chapter 1: Sociologists and Culture Chapter 2: Culture's Publics Chapter 3: Explaining Social and Cultural Hierarchies Chapter 4: The Question of Democratization of Culture Chapter 5: Contemporary Reorientations Chapter 6: The Work of the Institution: The Democratization of Culture in the Light of the Legacy of the TNP Chapter 7: The Influence of Mediation Apparatuses on the Structuring of Cultural Practices: The Pompidou Center's "Correspondents" Chapter 8: The Discourse of the "Failure" of the Democratization of Culture: Sociological Observation or Ideological Assertion?show more

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