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The Sociology of Arts and Markets

New Developments and Persistent Patterns

  • Andrea Glauser
  • Patricia Holder
  • Thomas Mazzurana
  • Olivier Moeschler
  • Valérie Rolle
  • Franz Schultheis
  • Contributes to a better understanding of the crucial role played by intermediaries such as galleries, art fairs, collective platforms

  • Analyses the valuation tools (typically rankings) defining artists’ and artworks’ worth

  • Confirms the increasing marketization of the arts with reference to the growth of metric assessments in capitalist societies


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

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

About the editors

Andrea Glauser is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria.

Patricia Holder is a freelance researcher and curator, and was previously a research assistant at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Thomas Mazzurana is an innovation manager, and was previously a research assistant at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Olivier Moeschler is Senior Researcher at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Valérie Rolle is Lecturer at the University of Nantes, France.

Franz Schultheis is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Zeppelin University, Germany. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Sociology of Arts and Markets
  • Book Subtitle New Developments and Persistent Patterns
  • Editors Andrea Glauser
    Patricia Holder
    Thomas Mazzurana
    Olivier Moeschler
    Valérie Rolle
    Franz Schultheis
  • Series Title Sociology of the Arts
  • Series Abbreviated Title Sociology of the Arts
  • 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)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-39012-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-39015-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-39013-6
  • Series ISSN 2569-1414
  • Series E-ISSN 2569-1406
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 431
  • Number of Illustrations 14 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Culture
    Cultural Policy and Politics
    Cultural Management
    Media Sociology
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