This series advances sociological and interdisciplinary research, providing contexts for understanding the multifaceted and interwoven factors that characterize the arts in society today. It seeks to showcase new empirical work, ground-breaking theoretical approaches, and recent debates within the sociology and management of the arts, with special attention to works that offer long-lasting theoretical and empirical contributions. Although the arts provide the gravitational centre of the series, it invites a variety of approaches which may include anything from production to criticism, expression to economics, management and curation to consumption, and cultural heritage and urban creativity to cultural policy. In bringing new work on this topic together, its distinctive asset is its dynamic nature and its field-defining mission in collecting a new corpus of scholarly work that promotes a sociological understanding of the arts in society. Departing from the traditional grouping of the sociology and managements of the arts within the sociology of culture, it provides an important new outlet for works within this area, moving away from the Durkheimian tradition of ‘cultural sociology’, and focusing instead on defining and promoting the emerging and interrelated scholarly fields of the sociology of the arts and arts management.
Victoria D. Alexander is Professor of Arts Management at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.
Chris Mathieu is Associate Professor of Organisational and Labour Sociology at Lund University, Sweden.
Valerie Visanich is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Malta.