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Music and the Sociological GazeArt Worlds and Cultural Production$
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Peter J. Martin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719072161

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719072161.001.0001

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Text, context and the cultural object

Text, context and the cultural object

(p.180) 9 Text, context and the cultural object
Music and the Sociological Gaze

Peter J. Martin

Manchester University Press

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

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