Journal article

Creativity, anti-humanism and the "new sociology of art'

Nick Fox

JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

This article reviews sociology’s uneasy engagement with creativity, using the lens of recent critiques of Bourdieusian art sociology and the call for a more nuanced understanding of the agency of art objects and trajectories of artistic production. I develop and apply an anti-humanist ontology to assert that creativity is profoundly sociologically interesting, and key to the production of human culture, from science and technology to the arts to social forms and institutions. Analysis of auto-ethnographic data on the production of a painting of Australian mallée woodland establishes three propositions for an anti-humanist sociology of creativity: that creative production is part of an open-e..

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