Autonomy of artistic field : the case study of İstanbul

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This thesis critically analyzes the dynamics wherein the artistic field- the art world per se possessing both 'glocal' and 'universal' attributes- has been constructed as an autonomous field within the discourses produced about art. The research focuses on some of the moments during which the field, as becoming an 'institution' inside the framework of modern state paradigm, has been imbricated and freed from social history by designating some of the fundamental arguments about its epistemological, historical and structural qualities and it shows how 'autonomy' has been a stake of struggle. The narratives about how 'commodification of culture' and 'autonomy of the field' proceed in the 'West' and in Turkey are discussed in comparison in this ethnographic study that is realized by Constructive Grounded Theory and carried out by centering a group of art professionals living in İstanbul.


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Citation Formats
C. C. Aydın, “ Autonomy of artistic field : the case study of İstanbul,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.