In Sociology of Culture and of Cultural Practices, Laurent Fleury presents a synthesis of research and debate from France and the United States. He traces the development of the sociology of culture from its origins (Weber and Simmel) and examines the major trends that have emerged in this branch of sociology. Fleury also raises issues of cultural hierarchy, distinction, and legitimate culture and mass culture and focuses on new areas of research, including the role of institutions, the reception of works of art, aesthetic experience, and emancipation through art.
Laurent Fleury is professor of sociology at the Universite Paris Diderot (Paris 7).
Foreword: A new perspective. Terry Nichols Clark, University of Chicago Preface: An invitation to think about culture: An institutional approach Chapter 1: Sociologists and Culture Chapter 2: Culture's Publics Chapter 3: Explaining Social and Cultural Hierarchies Chapter 4: The Question of Democratization of Culture Chapter 5: Contemporary Reorientations Chapter 6: The Work of the Institution: The Democratization of Culture in the Light of the Legacy of the TNP Chapter 7: The Influence of Mediation Apparatuses on the Structuring of Cultural Practices: The Pompidou Center's "Correspondents" Chapter 8: The Discourse of the "Failure" of the Democratization of Culture: Sociological Observation or Ideological Assertion?