The Field of Cultural ProductionEssays on Art and Literature
The Field of Cultural Production
Essays on Art and Literature
The Field of Cultural Production brings together Bourdieu's most important writings on art, literature and aesthetics. Bourdieu develops a highly original approach to the study of literary and artistic works, addressing many of the key issues that have preoccupied literary, art and cultural criticism in the late twentieth century: aesthetic value and judgement, the social contexts of cultural practice, the role of intellectuals and artists, and the structures of literary and artistic authority.

Bourdieu elaborates a theory of the cultural field which situates artistic works within the social conditions of their production, circulation and consumption. He examines the individuals in institutions involved in making products: not only the writers and artists, but also the publishers, critics, dealers, galleries and academies. He analyses the structure of the cultural field itself, as well as its position within the broader social structures of power.

The essays gathered together in this volume examine a variety of substantive topics, including Flaubert's point of view, Manet's aesthetic revolution, the historical creation of the pure gaze, and the relationship between art and power. The Field of Cultural Production will be of interest to students and scholars from a wide range of disciplines: sociology and social theory, literature, art and cultural studies.
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  • April 1993
  • 336 pages
  • 155 x 229 mm / 6 x 9 in
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Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction: Pierre Bourdieu on Art, Literature and Culture.

Part I: The Field of Cultural Production.

1. The Field of Cultural Production, or: The Economic World Reversed.

2. The Production of Belief: Contribution to an Economy of Symbolic Goods.

3. The Market of Symbolic Goods.

Part II: Flaubert and the French Literary Field.

4. Is the Structure of Sentimental Education an Instance of Social Self-analysis?.

5. Field of Power, Literary Field and Habitus.

6. Principles for a Sociology of Cultural Works.

7. Flaubert's Point of View.

Part III: The Pure Gaze: Essays on Art.

8. Outline of a Sociological Theory of Art Perception.

9. Manet and the Instutitionalization of Anomie.

10. The Historical Genesis of a Pure Aesthetic.


Selected Bibliography.


About the Author
Pierre Bourdieu was Professor of Sociology at the Collège de France
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'As we have come to expect of him, Pierre Bourdieu's lucid analysis of the field of cultural production once again provides us with key terms for understanding the issues at the forefront of current critical debate. His accounts of the economy of symbolic capital, and of cultural power relations will undoubtedly become classic formulations, shaping future work on the sociology of culture.' Professor Lisa Jardine, University of London
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