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sociology’s greatest hits 2010-2019: #6 – culture industry research returns

When I took a graduate course in the sociology of culture, my instructor said that we weren’t doing old school analysis of the cultural institutions, like the opera, but we’d be doing the “cultural turn.” Fair enough, but there’s been a real boom in the study of actual cultural institutions and it’s getting pretty good. The big leader here is Jenn Lena, whose two books on cultural industries (Banding Together and Entitled) have really explained how cultural products are made and sent to the masses.  She’s also asserting disciplinary leadership by editing Poetics, which runs a lot of this work. There are lots of other good people in this area like Gabriel Rossman’s work on radio and the Oscars, Alison Gerber’s book on the visual arts profession, Gary Alan Fine on MFA programs, and Patricia Banks’ book on Black art collectors. We also got the post-humous publication of Pierre Bourdieu’s book on Manet, which extends his ideas as presented in the Rules of Art.

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Written by fabiorojas

December 13, 2019 at 12:43 am

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  1. And Clayton Childress’ Under the Cover, on the production and reception of a novel – also at the cutting edge of this work.

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    ellen berrey

    December 13, 2019 at 4:30 pm

  2. Also outstanding work!

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    fabiorojas

    December 13, 2019 at 8:28 pm


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