Artistic Critique on Capitalism as a Practical and Theoretical Problem

  • Dan Eugen Ratiu
Part of the Sociology of the Arts book series (SOA)


This chapter examines the interactions between artistic critique on capitalism and the social change, focusing on the normative role of artists in the context of “network capitalism” and the imperative to creativity in the “Creative Age” (Florida). Drawing on recent debates about capitalism, critique, and crisis prompted by Boltanski and Chiapello’s seminal work The New Spirit of Capitalism (2005) and other subsequent interventions, as well as on the notion of “critique” supported by Foucault, the author reconsiders artists’ role in the normative change through artistic critique on capitalism. Thus are shown both its paradoxical consequences in terms of the emergence of new norms of excellence and creative lifestyles, adaptable, hyper-mobile and flexible, and artists’ divergent contribution to redevelop a particular sense of self-realization and self-fulfilment.


Artists Artistic critique Capitalism Crisis Normative change Creativity Lifestyles 



This work was supported by a grant from the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research, CNCS-UEFISCDI (Consiliul National al Cercetarii Stiintifice–Unitatea Executiva pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior), project number PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-1010.


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  • Dan Eugen Ratiu
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  1. 1.Babes-Bolyai UniversityCluj-NapocaRomania

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