'Showbusiness of a serious kind': a cultural politics of the arts prize

Street, John ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9650-063X (2005) 'Showbusiness of a serious kind': a cultural politics of the arts prize. Media, Culture and Society, 27 (6). pp. 819-840. ISSN 1460-3675

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Recent decades have seen a marked growth in the number of arts prizes awarded annually. Not only have these prizes attracted considerable media coverage and controversy, they have also had a significant impact on cultural consumption and production, as well as on the aesthetic discourses operating within different cultural forms. This article argues that the arts prize deserves closer scrutiny than it has received so far. Taking a small number of UK prizes as case studies, the article explores the interests that shape them, the organization of the media response to them, and their impact. It argues that understanding the cultural politics of contemporary arts prizes is important to an appreciation of wider cultural processes.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 13:56
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2023 01:35
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/9265
DOI: 10.1177/0163443705057672

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