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Field manoeuvres: Bourdieu and the Young British Artists

Grenfell, Michael and Hardy, Cheryl (2003) Field manoeuvres: Bourdieu and the Young British Artists Space and Culture, 6, (1), pp. 19-34. (doi:10.1177/1206331202238960).

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This article offers an empirical study of the field of contemporary British art in the 1990s. It considers the nature of this field as an artistic avant-garde and discusses Bourdieu’s theory of art production. The Young British Artists (yBas) are studied through three distinct levels of analyse derived from Bourdieu’s methodology and theory of practice. Issues of habitus and field structure are highlighted in order to examine the processes and operations of the artistic avant-garde. The article also briefly addresses the products of this field through issues of style and technique and offers some reflections on this sociological approach to art.

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Published date: February 2003
Keywords: field theory, artistic avant-garde, contemporary british art, bourdieu, sociology, cultural theory


Local EPrints ID: 12640
PURE UUID: 90b5d303-bc45-4943-b434-1972490f9833

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Date deposited: 10 Dec 2004
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:02

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