28386 - Sociology of Territory and Culture

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  • Teacher Alain Quemin

  • Credits 6

  • SSD SPS/10

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Course Timetable from Sep 17, 2018 to Sep 21, 2018

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The student is expected to learn the basis of sociology. In particular, the student is expect to learn: - the transformation processes in cultural consumption - the systems of social communication and information.

Course contents

After a short introduction to present what sociology is as a discipline and its main methods, we will briefly present the origins and developments of urban sociology and those of the sociology of culture and the arts, focusing on the visual arts to illustrate that domain.

Then lectures will develop two main topics: the spatial embedeedness of artistic activities in the cities on the one hand and the internationalization (or the so-called “globalization”) of culture and artistic goods on the other hand. The analysis of the link between territory and culture will thus combine a local and a global perspective.


Learning outcomes

The aim of the class is multiple. Students should get familiarized both with sociology (especially the two domains of urban sociology and sociology of art, but also with sociological reasoning and methods which should help them in developing their master thesis and especially their own problematic and empirical data to explore it) and with the visual arts sector, which should help them to find an internship in that domain and / or develop their master thesis on such institutions as art galleries and museums or contemporary art centers, auction houses, art fairs and biennials, etc.



Short Bibliography

Bourdieu Pierre, « Haute Couture and Haute Culture », in Sociology in Question, Sage, 1994, pp. 132-138.

Bourdieu Pierre & Delsaut Yvette, « Le couturier et sa griffe. Contribution à une théorie de la magie », Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, n°1, 1975.

Burgess Ernest, McKenzie Roderick D. & Park [http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E._Park] Robert E., The City, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1925.

Florida Richard, The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community, and Everyday Life, Basic Books, 2002.

Halle David & Tiso Elisabeth, « Lessons from Chelsea. A Study in Contemporary Art », International Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 3, 2005/2006.

Halle David & Tiso Elisabeth, New York's New Edge. Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Mega Projects on the Far West Side, Chicago, The University of Chicago Press, 2014.

Marontate Jan & Quemin Alain (Ed.), Sociologie et Sociétés, «Les territoires de l’art », volume XXXIV, n°2, automne 2002.

Quemin Alain, "Globalization and Mixing in the Visual Arts. An Empirical Survey of “High Culture” and Globalization»", International Sociology, volume 21, number 4, July 2006, pp. 522-550.

Quemin Alain, “International Contemporary Art Fairs in a “Globalized” Art Market”, European Societies, Vol. 15, n°2, 2013, p. 162-177.

Quemin Alain, Les stars de l’art contemporain. Notoriété et consécration artistiques dans les arts visuels, Paris, éditions du CNRS, 2013.

Quemin Alain, “The Superstars of Contemporary Art: A Sociological Analysis of Fame and Consecration in the Visual Arts through Indigenous Rankings of the “Top Artists in the World” “, Revista do Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros, n°66, Abr. 2017, pp. 18-51 (http://www.ieb.usp.br/rieb66/).

Quemin Alain, “The sociology of Art” (chapter 30), in Kathleen Korgen (Ed.), Cambridge Handbook of Sociology, Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp. 293-303.

Rothenberg Julia, « Selling Art to the World in Chelsea », Visual Studies, 20012, 27:3, pp. 277-294.

Rothenberg Julia, Steve Lang « Repurposing the High Line: Aesthetic experience and contradiction in West Chelsea », City, Culture and Society, 9 (2017) 1-12.

Sassen Saskia, The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1991.

Zukin Sharon, Loft Living: Culture and Capital in Urban Change, Johns Hopkins University Press [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johns_Hopkins_University_Press], 1982.

Zukin Sharon, The Cultures of Cities, Blackwell [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackwell], 1995.

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures and one field work during the intensive week.

Assessment methods

 Group essay to be written home after the intensive week of classes.

Teaching tools

Beamer for Powerpoint presentations

Office hours

See the website of Alain Quemin