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The Sociology of Howard S. BeckerTheory with a Wide Horizon$
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Alain Pessin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226362717

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226362991.001.0001

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Jazzmen and Company

Jazzmen and Company

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The Sociology of Howard S. Becker

Alain Pessin

, Steven Rendall
University of Chicago Press

In this chapter, Pessin describes Howard Becker’s work regarding the sociology of art and the concept of art worlds. Pessin describes how Becker was driven to analyze art worlds due to his interest in the way jazz musicians are able to play together and stop together. Becker’s sociology of art rejects the notion of the sovereign or solitary artist, and instead focuses on the conventional knowledge and chains of cooperation that form an art world. In his view, the object of sociology of art is not a sole artist, but rather the whole set of things done by various people so that artwork can appear. Pessin explains how Becker’s notions regarding art worlds relate to ideas of aesthetics and explicates Becker’s principle of the fundamental indetermination of the work of art.

Keywords:   Howard Becker, art worlds, art, art works, sociology, sociology of art

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