The Sociology of Arts and Markets

New Developments and Persistent Patterns

  • Andrea Glauser
  • Patricia Holder
  • Thomas Mazzurana
  • Olivier Moeschler
  • Valérie Rolle
  • Franz Schultheis

Part of the Sociology of the Arts book series (SOA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Andrea Glauser, Patricia Holder, Thomas Mazzurana, Olivier Moeschler, Valérie Rolle, Franz Schultheis
    Pages 1-15
  3. Creators in the Market: Artists Between Aesthetics, Critique, and Trade

  4. Artistic Career Paths: Trajectories and Inequalities in the Market

  5. The Economy of Idiosyncrasy: Art Dealers and the Commodification of Individuality

  6. Marketable Art: Galleries and Gallery Owners as Central Intermediaries

  7. Market Assessments: The Increasing Role of Art Rankings

  8. Features of the Art Market in Advanced Capitalism: From Established to New Patterns?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 363-363
    2. Erwin Single
      Pages 365-385
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 421-431

About this book


This edited collection offers an in-depth analysis of the complex and changing relationship between the arts and their markets. Highly relevant to almost any sociological exploration of the arts, this interaction has long been approached and studied. However, rapid and far-reaching economic changes have recently occurred.

Through a number of new empirical case studies across multiple artistic, historic and geographical settings, this volume illuminates the developments of various art markets, and their sociological analyses. The contributions include chapters on artistic recognition and exclusion, integration and self-representation in the art market, sociocultural changes, the role of the gallery owner, and collectives, rankings, and constraints across the cultural industries. Drawing on research from Japan, Switzerland, France, Italy, China, the US, UK, and more, this rich and global perspective challenges current debates surrounding art and markets, and will be an important reference point for scholars and students across the sociology of arts, cultural sociology and culture economy.


Commodification Authenticity Creativity Visual art and sociology Jazz Galleries

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrea Glauser
    • 1
  • Patricia Holder
    • 2
  • Thomas Mazzurana
    • 3
  • Olivier Moeschler
    • 4
  • Valérie Rolle
    • 5
  • Franz Schultheis
    • 6
  1. 1.University of Music and Performing ArtsViennaAustria
  2. 2.University of St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland
  3. 3.University of St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland
  4. 4.University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  5. 5.University of NantesNantesFrance
  6. 6.Zeppelin UniversityFriedrichshafenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-39012-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-39013-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2569-1414
  • Series Online ISSN 2569-1406
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