Artists and cultural consumers / edited by Douglas V. Shaw, William S. Hendon, C. Richard Waits

By: (4a : International Conference on Cultural Economics (4a : 1986 : Avinyó).
Shaw, Douglas V [ed.] | Hendon, William S [ed.] | Waits, C. Richard [ed.] | Association for Cultural Economics.
Publisher: Akron : Association for Cultural Economics, 1987Description: 302 p.Summary: This is Volume III of three of the Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Cultural Economics held May 12-14, 1986 at the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. The twenty-six papers and one panel in this volume examine artists and those who consume what artists produce. They cover a great variety of topics and raise as many questions as they answer. They do what conference papers ought to do: they move our understanding forward and also chart the directions for future research. In this vein, William Baumol questions whether we can really talk about a true "market" for art works at all and suggests that prices "float more or less aimlessly" frustrating the best efforts of critics and investors alike. Sections II and III reveal much about the geographical distribution of artists in the United States and the manner in which artists interact with labor markets. The general conclusions are that artists are an urban lot, clustered on the east and west coasts and earn less than they would have earned if they had majored in what their parents wanted them to major in. But Filer shows that those who move out of the arts and into more remunerative endeavors seldom pay a very high economic price for their dalliance. Mon and Dad get to breathe easy in the end. The papers that deal with the consumption process approach that process from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. They draw on the work in economics, sociology, psychology, and aesthetics. They try to integrate knowledge in these disciplines to enhance our understanding of why people make the choices they do and how they are affected by those choices. An appreciation of how choices are made can influence the content of arts policy and the direction of subsidies and other forms of official encouragement. Section V deals with aspects of publishing. Papers cover such topics as the demand for books in different fields and by different types of people and the effect that regulatory policy regarding price has upon the structure of distribution networks. The next section singles out: three disparate problems that afflict the world of artists and art works. Writers probe the inequities of the United States tax code as it applies to artists and their outputs; the way nationalism and boosterism both encourage and impede the flow of art works across international borders; and the nether world of art theft, particularly recent developments in detection and in defining what ought to constitute clear title in a sea of murky pedigrees. The volume ends with a set of short papers presented in panel form. These papers attempt to formulate a social science of aesthetics. The hope is that the social sciences, like the humanities, can bring their analytical tools to bear on the determinants of taste. It is quests such as these that encourage scholars to leave the confining bonds of their disciplines and challenge us all to think in ways we have not thought before. That is why we publish papers; it is also why those papers are always intermediate steps to somewhere else. (Font: Introducció)
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Introduction -- The Value of Cultural Goods: Unnatural Value: Or Art Investment as Floating Crap Game / William J. Baumol -- Valuing the Cultural Legacy / C. Richard Watts, Edward M. McNertney -- Distribution of Artists and the Arts in the United States: Growth and Geographic Distribution of the Arte in the U.S. / James Heilbrun -- Cultural Participation and Geographic/Population Schema: From New York City to the Rural Farm / Harold Horowitz, Carol Keegan, Barbara Kempnich -- Projecting Growth in Artist Occupations / Thomas F. Bradshaw -- Artists in the Economy: The Economics of Arts Labor Markets: An Overview / Charles M. Gray -- Artists in the Marketplace: A Framework for Analysis / Bryan Taylor II -- The Price of Failure: Earnings of Former Artists / Randall K. Filer -- An Examination of Commitment to Careers in the Musical Performing Arte: Implications for Alienation from Vocational Choice / Julie Jaffee Nagel -- The Economic Circumstances and Political Attitudes of Minstrels / Lawrence A. Daellenbach, Fred Starner -- An Econometric Study of the Life Expectancy of Artists, Composers, and Writers, 1300-1920 / Jong S. You -- The Consumption of Cultural Goods: Progress and Problems in Research on Consumer Esthetics / Morris B. Holbrook -- The Experiential Nature of Cultural Consumption and the Shaping of a New "Aesthetic" / Richard J. Seminik, Gary Bamossy -- On the Consumption of Pictorial Art / Liisa Uusitalo -- Symbolic Consumption of Art and Culture / Russell W. Belk -- Cultural Audience Formation in the Netherlands Between 1962 and1983 / Harry B. G. Ganzeboom -- The Determinants of Cultural Consumption / Yves Evrard -- Cultural/Economic Relationships / Kjell Eide -- Aspects of Publishing: Empirical Estimation of Demand and Supply of Books in the United States During the Period 1966-1982 / Michael Szenberg, Eric Lee -- Comparative Analysis of Book Demand in Canada By Linguistic Group: Some Results from an Official Survey / Jean Mirucki -- The Impacts of Changing Technology on the London Publishing Industry,1800-1870 / Ann M. Eike -- The Single Price Book Act and the Retail Trade of Books in France / Edith Archambault, Jerome Lallement -- Problems in the Arts: Tax Inequities and the Visual Artist / Carl M. Colonna, Louis H. Henry -- International Trade in Art: Attitudes and Behavior / Bruno S. Frey, Werner W. Pommerehne -- The Market for Stolen Art: An International and Institutional Perspective / William Lawrence, Laurie McGavin Bachman, Michael Von Stumm -- Pending Legislation About the Ownership of Stolen Art / Constance Lowenthal -- Panel: Aesthetics and the Social Sciences: Introduction / Virginia Lee Owen -- Values, Subsidization, and Consumer Tastes / Drucilla K. Barker -- Creating An Aesthetic / Julie Gowen -- Does Education Lead to Fine Arts Appreciation? / William Rau -- Belief Systems and Art Preferences / Dorothy Lee -- The Costs of a Fine Arts Education / Jody Stewart -- Cultural Preference in Architectural Form / Sandra Metts -- Art Innovations as Value Added / Philip Owen -- Conclusion: Towards a Social Science Model of Aesthetics / Virginia Lee Owen

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