Beyond Reproduction: Asymmetrical Interdependencies and the Transformation of Centers and Peripheries in the Globalizing Visual Arts

  • Larissa Buchholz
Part of the Sociology of the Arts book series (SOA)


A key concern in the globalization of culture debate has been how growing cross-border flows affect asymmetries among cultural producers from different world regions. Existing contributions are polarized between the declaration of radical shifts or the unchallenged reproduction of center–periphery hierarchies. This chapter establishes an intermediate, transformational position that moves beyond dichotomous alternatives. Engaging with contemporary visual art and extending tools of field theory, I demonstrate that transformations of center–periphery hierarchies have occurred, but follow different temporalities and logics at the market and cultural pole. Correspondingly, I make the case for a multidimensional global field approach that accounts for three features of center–periphery inequalities in global cultural production: the relative autonomy of non-market from market circuits, their cyclical nature, and their embeddedness in asymmetric interdependencies.


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  • Larissa Buchholz
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  1. 1.Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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