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‘Blowing in the wind’? … A response to the author of ‘Mastering the jazz standard: Sayings and doings of artistic valuation’

‘Blowing in the wind’? … A response to the author of ‘Mastering the jazz standard: Sayings and... Response ‘Blowing in the wind’? … A response to the author of ‘Mastering the jazz standard: Sayings and doings of artistic valuation’ Antoine Hennion Centre de sociologie de l’innovation, MINES-ParisTech/CNRS (UMR 7185), 60 bd St-Michel, Paris 75006, France. E-mail: antoine.hennion@mines-paristech.fr This article relates to AJCS 2013.13. American Journal of Cultural Sociology (2014) 2, 253–259. doi:10.1057/ajcs.2014.1; published online 1 April 2014 This article addresses evaluation, drawing on fieldwork carried out in two jazz schools (Nylander, 2014). An interesting issue indeed, quite topical, questioning musical values and judgement-making in a field where criteria are not obvious. The author firmly assumes a Bourdieuan theoretical frame. A priori, selection sessions perfectly fit such an enquiry. He theorizes evaluation as (i) a play between orthodoxy and heterodoxy (renamed epigones and heretics), (ii) an encounter between the candidate’s habitus and a proper behaviour in the field (an aspect more specifically dealt with in an earlier paper) and (iii) a matter of gatekeeping. Gatekeepers control the entry into the field, but they do not only do that: they obey and produce in the same move tacit ‘rules of entry’. To do so, they have to elaborate compromises between contradictory requirements (technicality versus personality; standardization versus intuitive, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Cultural Sociology Springer Journals

‘Blowing in the wind’? … A response to the author of ‘Mastering the jazz standard: Sayings and doings of artistic valuation’

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd
Subject
Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general; Sociology, general; Sociology of Culture; Media Sociology
ISSN
2049-7113
eISSN
2049-7121
DOI
10.1057/ajcs.2014.1
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Response ‘Blowing in the wind’? … A response to the author of ‘Mastering the jazz standard: Sayings and doings of artistic valuation’ Antoine Hennion Centre de sociologie de l’innovation, MINES-ParisTech/CNRS (UMR 7185), 60 bd St-Michel, Paris 75006, France. E-mail: antoine.hennion@mines-paristech.fr This article relates to AJCS 2013.13. American Journal of Cultural Sociology (2014) 2, 253–259. doi:10.1057/ajcs.2014.1; published online 1 April 2014 This article addresses evaluation, drawing on fieldwork carried out in two jazz schools (Nylander, 2014). An interesting issue indeed, quite topical, questioning musical values and judgement-making in a field where criteria are not obvious. The author firmly assumes a Bourdieuan theoretical frame. A priori, selection sessions perfectly fit such an enquiry. He theorizes evaluation as (i) a play between orthodoxy and heterodoxy (renamed epigones and heretics), (ii) an encounter between the candidate’s habitus and a proper behaviour in the field (an aspect more specifically dealt with in an earlier paper) and (iii) a matter of gatekeeping. Gatekeepers control the entry into the field, but they do not only do that: they obey and produce in the same move tacit ‘rules of entry’. To do so, they have to elaborate compromises between contradictory requirements (technicality versus personality; standardization versus intuitive,

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American Journal of Cultural SociologySpringer Journals

Published: Apr 1, 2014

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