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This issue of Music and Arts in Action (MAiA) marks the start of our second year. As we arrive at our third issue, it has become clear that our desire to give musical and artistic forms a more central place in the study and understanding of social life is shared by many. This particular issue fulfils three inter-related aims of MAiA: to extend and enhance the understanding of the role that aesthetic objects play in everyday life, to provide a space for dialogues around this topic, and to bring into the spotlight important work that deserves a second look.

Recent Submissions

  • Witkin III 

    Witkin, Robert W. (University of Exeter, 2009)
    I am fortunate to have as my respondents two scholars who have made, and continue to make, important contributions to what Professor Alexander terms the “strong program” for a sociology of the aesthetic. They have responded ...
  • On the autonomy of the aesthetic: Witkin I versus Witkin II 

    Alexander, Jeffrey C. (University of Exeter, 2009)
    On this occasion we celebrate and deliberate the publication twenty years ago of Robert Witkin’s “The Aesthetic Imperative of a Rational-Technical Machinery.” It is a striking and richly textured essay. Witkin weaves ...
  • The aesthetic imperative of a rational-technical machinery: a study in organizational control through the design of artifacts 

    Witkin, Robert W. (University of Exeter, 2009)
    The development of modern business and administrative organizations that are formally rational and technical in their structures and operations has given rise to the false conclusion that the aesthetic dimension does not ...
  • The social organisation of aesthetics – a note 

    Atkinson, Paul (University of Exeter, 2009)
    When reading Robert Witkin's paper from 20 years ago, I am, first and foremost, reminded that aesthetics – in even the broadest of definitions – have had a patchy and, on the whole, disappointing history in sociology. It ...
  • Music as evil: deviance and metaculture in classical music 

    Pino, Nathan W. (University of Exeter, 2009)
    This paper aims to apply the sociology of deviance and the concept of metaculture to the sociology of high-art and music. Examples of classical music criticisms over time are presented and discussed. Music critics have ...
  • Peace punks and punks against racism: resource mobilization and frame construction in the punk movement 

    Roberts, Mike; Moore, Ryan (University of Exeter, 2009)
    In recent years, scholars have begun to attend to the gap in our understanding of the relationship between music and social movements. One such example is Corte’s and Edwards’ <a href="http://hdl.handle.net/10036/3124">“White ...
  • Sociology of objects case study: Terra-Cotta playing hide-and-seek in the art worlds 

    Siegel, Andrea (University of Exeter, 2009)
    Sociological inquiry has been mostly absent from the investigation of massproduced material goods, especially materials in the architectural arts. If sociology takes as a subject social networks in modern society—one of ...
  • Editorial 

    MAiA Editorial Team (University of Exeter, 2009)
    This issue of Music and Arts in Action (MAiA) marks the start of our second year. As we arrive at our third issue, it has become clear that our desire to give musical and artistic forms a more central place in the study ...

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