Insiders, Outsiders, and the Struggle for Consecration in Cultural Fields

  title={Insiders, Outsiders, and the Struggle for Consecration in Cultural Fields},
  author={Gino Cattani and Simone Ferriani and Paul D. Allison},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={258 - 281}
Building on recent research emphasizing how legitimacy depends on consensus among audiences about candidates’ characteristics and activities, we examine the relationship between cultural producers’ (candidates) position in the social structure and the consecration of their creative work by relevant audiences. We argue that the outcome of this process of evaluation in any cultural field, whether in art or science, is a function of (1) candidates’ embeddedness within the field, and (2) the type… 

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