The Aesthetic as the Sociological: Social Constructionism vs. Aesthetic Experience


Abstract: This article explores the epistemological conflict between aesthetics and the sociology of art by discussing some of the limits and self‑contradictions the sociological methods present in their attempt at describing and explaining artistic perception and creativity. Focusing on the constructionist approach to art, the author argues that the aesthetic phenomenon is not satisfactorily accounted for by sociological methods and aims to show that an analysis of their limits might offer valuable suggestions for a new aesthetics.

Keywords: aesthetics, cultural capital, habitus, late modernity, social constructionism, sociological turn