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Becker, Howard Saul (1928–)


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DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405168908.2010.x


American sociologist trained in the Chicago school of symbolic interactionism. Becker's work has had a significant influence on C ultural theory in two areas. His initial research on jazz clubs and musicians, published as Outsiders (1963), was central to 1960s deviant theory and had a major impact on British studies of both S ubculture and P opular culture (Becker was one of the few academics to study popular music). And in his 1970s work on A rt Worlds , Becker, like Pierre Bourdieu, demonstrated the continuing value of a sociological approach to aesthetic questions. 1963 : Outsiders. Studies in the Sociology of Deviant . 1982 : Art Worlds . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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