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Text, context and the cultural object

Peter J. Martin

in Music and the Sociological Gaze

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780719072161
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701492 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719072161.003.0009
Text, context and the cultural object

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This chapter argues that the familiar distinction between ‘text’ and ‘context’ is problematic, as is the suggestion that a sociological approach to art is unable to say anything about artworks themselves. On the contrary, the discussion suggests that a sociological approach is essential to an understanding of the activities through which artworks, indeed any cultural objects, are created. Such an approach will not be concerned with decontextualising them so as to decipher their essential ‘meaning’, but to examine how they were created, interpreted and used in real social situations.

Keywords: sociological approach; artworks; text; context; cultural object; social situations

Chapter.  9047 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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