Art and Social Theory: Sociological Arguments in Aesthetics

By: Austin Harrington

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"Art and Social Theory" provides a comprehensive introduction to sociological studies of the arts. It examines the central debates of social theorists and sociologists about the place of the arts in society and the social significance of aesthetics.


provides a comprehensive introduction to sociological study of art;
examines the central debates of social theorists and sociologists about the place of the arts in society and the social significance of aesthetics;
discusses the meaning of the arts in relation to changing cultural institutions and socio-economic structures;
explores questions of aesthetic value and cultural politics, taste and social class, money and patronage, ideology and utopia, myth and popular culture, and the meaning of modernism and postmodernism;
presents lucid accounts of leading social theorists of the arts from Weber, Simmel, Benjamin, Kracauer and the Frankfurt School to Foucault, Bourdieu, Habermas, Baudrillard, Lyotard, Luhmann and Jameson.

Title: Art and Social Theory: Sociological Arguments in Aesthetics

Author: Austin Harrington

Categories: Art, Anthropology / Sociology,

Publisher: Polity: 2004

ISBN Number: 0745630391

ISBN Number 13: 9780745630397

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Near Fine

Type: Art

Seller ID: 142524

Description: Book is in excellent condition with a chip to the upper spine corner and sticker residue at lower spine as the only flaws, otherwise as new. Binding is solid and square, covers have sharp corners, exterior shows no blemishes, text/interior is clean and free of marking of any kind. 237 pages