Sociology of the Arts Study Group

Over the last thirty years, the sociology of art and sociological inquiry into the arts, in its variety of forms, has undergone something of a revival (de La Fuente, 2010), with social commentators and theorists increasingly noting the significance and influence of art and design in our everyday life. From painting and drawing to photography, architecture, music, and fashion, art and design plays an important role in our social world, as it offers us with a mechanism for building social relationships and communicating, reproducing and critiquing cultural values. As Malcom Bull (1996) argues '[i]n its every aspect, artistic activity touches some other area of social life…social activity have a determining influence on the organisation of the arts and … art interprets the social structures of which it is a part.'