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How to Complete a Work ? The Working Process in Creative Undertakings
lundi 29 juin 2015

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Conférence de Pierre-Michel Menger lors du colloque "Pricing, Practices, Ranking" organisé par le département de Sciences Sociales et le département d’Économie

Seconde session: What is Work Worth?

How to Complete a Work ? The Working Process in Creative Undertakings

My aim is to lay some analytical foundations on which to build an investigation devoted to the creative working process and its completion and non-completion. Sociology has little to offer for as the interpretation of specific works of art. In the academic division of labor, the study of specific works of art is a matter of highly specialized knowledge. On the other hand, sociology has much to offer with regard to work, employment, careers, occupations in the arts, and the social processes linking up several kinds of professionals who cooperate to
make art producible, collectible and available. However, in studying the working process in the arts we might better understand what kind of work an artistic work actually conceals. So, one possible avenue to an individual artistic work is to see it as the outcome of a process. Not only to document the different stages of its production, but also to detect how high variability is a built-in characteristic of that process, and how choosing and decisionmaking takes place in that uncertain course of action. And inquiry moves both upstream and downstream of the outcome.

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Pierre-Michel Menger
EHESS / Collège de France

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Pierre-Michel Menger est un sociologue français spécialiste des mondes de l'art et de la création. Il a reçu pour ses travaux innovants la médaille d'argent du CNRS en 1999. Il est directeur d'études à l'École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) où il est membre du Centre d'études sociologiques et politiques Raymond Aron (CESPRA). Depuis juin 2013, il est également professeur au Collège de France. Il est en outre directeur de la Revue française de sociologie.

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