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The Social Impact of the Arts: An Intellectual History
Now in paperback, an intellectual history of contrasting ideas around the power of the arts to engender personal and societal change - for better and worse. A fascinating account of the value and functions of the arts in society, in the private sphere of individual emotions and self-development and public sphere of politics and social distinction.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published December 15th 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published September 16th 2008)
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Jan 09, 2017 Zuzana Reveszova rated it really liked it
Cool book! I really like when the concept of the book is well chosen and meaningful. In this case, this was fulfilled with a variety of descriptions, citations from history and well-chosen examples. There is no unique attitude to what arts do to us in society. Rather, we have a sociological understanding of arts as a socially constituted institution that changes in history and varies in geography.
A good introduction towards debate between intrinsic and instrumental views towards arts & culture throughout the European history. However, the book doesn't argue anything, there is no current thesis in it, just a historic overview of different opinions, with a lot of references to other literature.