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Sociology of the Arts, second edition, by Victoria D. Alexander, now published!

Victoria Alexander with her new book, hot off the press

The second edition of ICCE Professor Victoria Alexander’s book Sociology of the Arts: Exploring Fine and Popular Forms was published on 29 October 2020. This is a fully updated new edition of the classic textbook.

From the publisher’s website:

Sociology of the Arts is a comprehensive yet accessible review of sociological approaches to studying the fine, popular, and folk arts. Integrating scholarly literature, theoretical models, and empirical studies, this authoritative textbook provides balanced coverage of a broad range of essential topics—enabling a deeper understanding of the field as a whole. Throughout the text, numerous real-world case studies reinforce key concepts, stimulate classroom discussion, and encourage students to contemplate abstract theoretical issues central to the relationship between art and society.

Now in its second edition, this bestselling volume features fully revised content that reflects the most recent literature and research in the field. New discussion on the production and the consumption of culture are complemented by fresh perspectives on changes in the social world such as the rise of the internet and digital media. Updated chapters offer insights into social boundaries and embodiment in the arts, emplacement, materiality, the social construction of art and aesthetics, and more. Exploring how art is created, distributed, received, and consumed, this textbook:

  • Explores both classic work and new approaches in the sociology of the arts
  • Features case studies and discussion questions on art forms including popular music, film, romance novels, visual arts, and classical music
  • Discusses the meaning of artistic objects and why interpretations of art vary
  • Examines the ways art intersects with race, gender, sexuality, and class
  • Includes photographs, tables and figures, and a comprehensive reference list

Written by a leading scholar in the field, Sociology of the Arts: Exploring Fine and Popular Forms, Second Edition is an ideal textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on sociology of art and culture, media studies, anthropology of art, arts management, and the social history of art, and is a useful reference for established scholars studying any aspect of sociology of the arts.

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