Text, context and the cultural object
in Music and the sociological gaze
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This chapter argues that the familiar distinction between ‘text’ and ‘context’ is problematic, as is the suggestion that a sociological approach to art is unable to say anything about artworks themselves. On the contrary, the discussion suggests that a sociological approach is essential to an understanding of the activities through which artworks, indeed any cultural objects, are created. Such an approach will not be concerned with decontextualising them so as to decipher their essential ‘meaning’, but to examine how they were created, interpreted and used in real social situations.

Music and the sociological gaze

Art worlds and cultural production

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