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Art Rules: Pierre Bourdieu and the Visual Arts Paperback – March 15, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1845202347 ISBN-10: 1845202341

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845202341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845202347
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,422,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book will change the ways in which Bourdieu is used in cultural studies and the sociology of aesthetics - it makes The Rules of Art and Bourdieu's books on photography as important as Distinction in those fields. Offering a clear and concise analysis of Bourdieu's works on aesthetics and sociology, Art Rules goes beyond to provide Bourdieu-inspired assessments of cultural production and consumption.' Dan Schubert, Department of Sociology, Dickinson College, USA 'A lively and forceful book, which will provide a good introduction to Bourdieu for sociology and art history students.' Peter Collier, Cambridge University A welcome addition to the growing body of literature on Bourdieu's sociology of culture which will become a useful tool for students and specialists in sociology, art history and related disciplines. Cultural Sociology

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Michael Grenfell is a Reader in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton. Cheryl Hardy is an independent scholar.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. O'Flynn on February 22, 2013
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Have you ever tried to understand the art world by reading art history & theory? Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) advocates a wider sociological view of art & culture, arguing that a sociological view moves us beyond the conventional “ art-history” story which he suggests is naïve and a fiction.

Bourdieu’s view is that in modern society art performs the function that religion did in earlier times: art is “a collective act of magic...it offers a view of the absolute, a world beyond the everyday... “ (p.178).

In a capitalist society dominated by the practicalities of providing goods and services, art is set apart in being concerned with the non-practical, it is an area for the struggle over society's non-practical goods, i.e. its symbols.

“Capital” is an important term in Bourdieu. We are familiar with Economic Capital, and understand that it is the amount of money & assets we possess and use to pursue our interests. But equally, Bourdieu argues, we have Social Capital (family connections, professional and social networks) and Cultural Capital (academic qualifications, professional memberships & prizes, accolades, reputation etc). The varying amounts of the different types of Capital that a participant in the art world has influences his/her position in it, and their power to act, to have a say in what is good or bad art; and ultimately, in modern & contemporary art, to say who is an artist and what is art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr Garry on May 20, 2013
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In the rarefied (and expensive) world of the academic journals, you can find a few papers by people who have conducted empirical investigations of Bourdieu's theories. Most of them have concerned his theories on social or cultural capital, not his ideas about art. This is that rarest of animals, a full book-length empirical examination of the art-world, based on Bourdieu.

If you are a graduate student doing sociological or psychological research into art, get a copy of this book before it's too late.
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