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Sociology and Aesthetics


de la Fuente, E, Sociology and Aesthetics, European Journal of Social Theory, 3, (2) pp. 235-247. ISSN 1368-4310 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/136843100003002007


This review explores the present fashion for aesthetics in contemporary sociology. It evaluates the claims that society is undergoing a deep-seated process of aestheticization, and that sociology is experiencing an aestheticization of its epistemological concerns. The aestheticization literature is divided as follows: (1) the re-reading of classical sociological theory through the aesthetic dimension of modernity; (2) the claim that postmodern society involves an ‘aestheticization of everyday life’; and (3) those sociological theories which stress that contemporary society is more and more like a work of art in its form. The argument is made that the discovery of aesthetics as a way of problematizing sociological reasoning is to some extent rediscovery, returning to various Kantian precepts: the disinterestedness characteristic of aesthetic experiences; the antinomy between the individual and the social aspects of taste; and the work of art as an organism predicated on an inner teleology. © 2000, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Arts not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:de la Fuente, E (Dr Eduardo de la Fuente)
ID Code:19263
Year Published:2000
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2001-05-09

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