There is currently no reader in print that provides a broad ranging overview for an undergraduate course on the sociology of the arts or the sociology of culture. This book remedies this situation as it provides students with an overall understanding of the current issues, theoretical approaches, and substantive contributions in the sociology of the arts. Included are chapters on the aesthetic meaning of art; the social and institutional production of art; the links among audiences, artists, and cultural organizations; tensions between artists and their bureaucratized working settings; the training and careers of artists; relations between art and society; and the dynamics of cultural change. In addition to section introductions, there is a comprehensive introduction to provide students with an understanding of the history of the field, its main theoretical currents, and also to provide them with an appreciation of the contributions to cultural studies by other disciplines, such as anthropology and history. An extensive bibliography is also included in the reader, which was developed to assist students who wish to pursue research topics.
From 1919 through 1953, the U.S. Department of Agriculture housed the Division of Farm Population and Rural Life - the first unit within the federal government established specifically for sociological research. It reached the height of its influence during the New Deal and World War II as it helped implement modern liberal policies in America's farming sector, attempting to counteract the harsh effects of modern industrialism on the rural economy. In addition, the Division devoted resources to studying both the history and the contemporary state of rural social life. Sociology in Government offers the first detailed historical account and systematic documentation of this remarkable federal office.
While white racism has global dimensions, it has an unshakeable lease on life in South African political organizations and its educational system. Donnarae MacCann and Yulisa Maddy here provide a thorough and provocative analysis of South African children's literature during the key decade around Nelson Mandela's release from prison. Their research demonstrates that the literature of this period was derived from the same milieu -- intellectual, educational, religious, political, and economic -- that brought white supremacy to South Africa during colonial times. This volume is a signal contribution to the study of children's literature and its relation to racism and social conditions.
Using the economic point of view for an analysis of phenomena related to artistic activities, Arts & Economics not only challenges widely held popular views, but also offers an alternative perspective to sociological or art historic approaches. The wide range of subjects presented are of current interest and relevant for cultural policy. The issues discussed include: institutions from festivals to "superstar" museums, different means of supporting the arts, whether artistic creativity is undermined by public intervention, an investigation into art as an investment, the various approaches to valuing our cultural properties, and why direct voter participation in cultural policy is not antagonistic to artistic values.
"A recommended addition to art collections providing informative commentary on contemporary artists." --Booklist "This provocative catalogue for an exhibition organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art explores the nature of power and its manifestation in art over the past three decades.... The illustrations are fleshed out with fine essays... " --Publishers Weekly "Now comes a provocative, tightly organized exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art titled 'Power: Its Myths and Mores in American Art, 1961-1991.' The title itself exudes considerable authority, especially when you see it spelled out in metallic red on the institutional gray of the catalogue's cover.... this exhibition repr...