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Sociology of the Arts in Action

New Perspectives on Creation, Production, and Reception

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  • Stresses the interaction between empirical analysis and theoretical elaboration
  • Emphasizes the growing cosmopolitanism, theoretical pluralism and global orientation
  • Celebrates the role currently played by young academics of Spanish and Latin American origin

Part of the book series: Sociology of the Arts (SOA)

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This edited collection carries out an extensive coverage of the sociology of arts’ most characteristic thematic areas (production, creation, the artwork, and reception) across an important range of artistic fields, from the most traditional to the more unusual. It makes an argument for the theoretical creativity and empirical expansion that characterizes the study of contemporary sociology of the arts. Such creativity is present in the increasingly predominant approach to a sociology of the arts in action, in all areas of inquiry within the discipline. The range of theoretical paradigms evoked is rich, analysing several of the most important theoretical frameworks currently handled in the discipline (Bourdieu, Becker, Peterson, ANT), and combining them with the works of many other influential contemporary specialists (De Nora, Hennion, Lamont, Menger and Born et al.). The book also establishes links to less known theoretical frameworks and some from different fields including economicsociology,microsociology, ethnomethodology, semiotics, and cultural history. The volume argues that Spanish-speaking scholars are now at the forefront of new developments in the field of the sociology of the arts, and is the first effort to gather research by these influential Spanish-language scholars in a single volume for an English-language audience.

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. New Visions on Creative Practices

  2. The Artwork: Expanding the Analysis of Its Materiality and Meaning(s)


“A well-designed collection of essays by a new generation of social scientists that highlights the ubiquity and considerable diversity of artistic productions, emotions and appreciations”
    Pierre-Michel Menger, Collège de France, author of The Economics of Creativity. Art and Achievement under Uncertainty.


"With a treasure trove of studies ranging from food, dance and architecture, to opera, literature, and soccer, this collection provides the most wide-ranging and up-to-date overview of the vibrant and diverse new sociology of the arts. The editors’ decision to focus on Spanish-speaking authors is a much-welcomed intervention to open-up narratives, traditions and empirical cases that have been forced to live in the margins of the dominant Anglophone academic discourse. All in all, a must read for any scholar working in cultural sociology and the sociology of the arts."

    Fernando Domínguez Rubio, University of California, San Diego, author of  Still Life. Ecologies of the Modern Imagination at the Art Museum.

“This book arrives at the perfect moment in the evolution of research on culture. Our predecessors carved out the field of inquiry, built theories and methods, and expanded our definition of the arts; the moment to globalize the canon has arrived, and this book is an accelerant for that process. The twelve scholars authoring this volume work on topics both of enduring importance and recent popularity; use many methods of inquiry to explore their topic matter; and form part of a cohort of multi-lingual scholars who are essential to our future vibrancy as a discipline. Published first in Spanish, the book also poses a challenge to scholars: to find and share the strongest research with as many readers as possible. I rejoice in their accomplishments, and will be eager to teach this book to all students of culture”. 

Jennifer C. Lena, Associate Professor and Program Director of Arts Administration at Columbia University, USA.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Departamento de Sociología, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

    Arturo Rodríguez Morató

  • Department of Sociology, Whitman College, Walla Walla, USA

    Alvaro Santana-Acuña

About the editors

Arturo Rodríguez Morató is Professor of Sociology and current Director of the CECUPS (Center for the Study of Culture, Politics and Society) at the University of Barcelona, Spain. He is the Former Vice President for Research of the International Sociological Association (2006-2010) and Former President of its Research Committee on Sociology of the Arts (1998-2002). He currently coordinates UNCHARTED (Understanding, Capturing and Fostering the Societal Value of Culture), a research project funded by the European Commission.  

Álvaro Santana-Acuña is Associate Professor of Sociology at Whitman College, USA. He is the author of Ascent to Glory: How One Hundred Years of Solitude Was Written and Became a Global Classic (Columbia University Press, 2020). His next book is entitled The Nation of Triangles.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Sociology of the Arts in Action

  • Book Subtitle: New Perspectives on Creation, Production, and Reception

  • Editors: Arturo Rodríguez Morató, Alvaro Santana-Acuña

  • Series Title: Sociology of the Arts

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-11304-8Published: 01 February 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-11307-9Published: 01 February 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-11305-5Published: 31 January 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2569-1414

  • Series E-ISSN: 2569-1406

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 343

  • Topics: Sociology of Culture, Arts, Latin American Culture

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