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Sociologist Howard S. Becker's concept for the milieu that artists create and require in order to produce art. Like that of Pierre Bourdieu, Becker's ultimate goal is to show that art is not the product of the isolated genius, but is rather the product of a cooperative community. An art world consists of the institutions and people necessary to the production and consumption of artistic works.

Further Reading:

H. Becker Art Worlds (1982).

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.


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