Ekaterina Gribova

Steve Sherwood. Seeker of the Sacred: A Late Durkheimian Theory of the Artist

2010, vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 92–98 [issue contents]
Steeve Sherwood proposes a new theory of artists and criticizes the mainstream approaches of contemporary sociology of art (for instance, those which ground on the ideas of P. Bourdieu, H. Becker, G. Pollock and G. Kubler) for avoiding theoretical discussions. He attempts to improve the situation and uses the Durkheim’s classical “The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life” as a theoretical ground for the discussion of artist’s person. New theory bases on the analysis of relations between art work and artist in a similar way to the relations between totem and members of the tribe. Sherwood argues that art work embodies sacred power and artist is continuously seeking for this power and that is why Sherwood uses the Durkheimian concept of soul.
Citation: Gribova Ekaterina (2010) Stiv Shervud. V poiskakh sakral'nogo: pozdnedyurkgeymianskaya teoriya khudozhnika [Steve Sherwood. Seeker of the Sacred: A Late Durkheimian Theory of the Artist] The Russian Sociological Review, 2, pp. 92-98 (in Russian)
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