How to Study Art Worlds

How to Study Art Worlds

By Hans van Maanen
Book Description

This necessary and thought-provoking study brings together the organisational side of the world of the arts and the understanding of the many functions art fulfi lls in our culture. The author sets out to establish how the organisation of art worlds serves the functioning of the arts in society. The book is divided into three sections, the first of which presents a comparative study of approaches to the art world as practiced by Dickie, Becker, Bourdieu, Heinich, and Luhmann, among others. The second part focuses on the philosphical debates concerning 'aesthetic experience'. Besides Kant, scholars such as Gadamer, Foster, Shustermann, Schaeffer and Carroll come to the fore. In the third part, the author traces the consequences of these theoretical approaches for the organization of art world practices.

In deze studie onderzoekt Hans van Maanen hoe de organisatie van kunstwerelden het functioneren van kunst in de maatschappij ondersteunt en mogelijk maakt. Hij bespreekt en vergelijkt verschillende benaderingen (van Dickie, Becker, Bourdieu, Heinich en anderen) op de kunstwereld. Vervolgens gaat hij in op het kunstfi losofi - sche debat en vooral de notie van de 'esthetische ervaring'. Naast Kant komen academici als Gadamer, Foster, Shustermann, Schaeffer en Carroll aan bod. Tot slot bespreekt hij de theoretische benaderingen in een praktischer kader. Zo wordt het belang hiervan voor de kunstwereld duidelijk.

Table of Contents
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Institutional Th eory of George Dickie
  • 2. The Institutionalist Pragmatism of Howard S. Becker and Paul Dimaggio
  • 3. Pierre Bourdieu’s Grand Th eory of the Artistic Field
  • 4. From Theory to the Methodology of Singularity: Bruno Latour and Nathalie Heinich
  • 5. Niklas Luhmann’s System of Artistic Communications
  • 6. How Art Worlds Help the Arts to Function
  • 7. What Philosophers Say that the Arts Do
  • 8. Foundations for the Functioning of Art Systems
  • 9. How Distribution Conditions the Functioning of Art
  • 10. How Aesthetic Values Become Contextualized
  • Epilogue: For a Second Life of Artistic Experiences
  • References
  • Index
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