Insiders, Outsiders and the Struggle for Consecration in Cultural Fields: A Core-Periphery Perspective

American Sociological Review 2014, Vol. 79(2) 258–281

Posted: 26 Jun 2016

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Gino Cattani

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business; New York University (NYU) - Department of Management and Organizational Behavior

Simone Ferriani

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Paul D. Allison

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Sociology

Date Written: January 01, 2014

Abstract

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 of audience — that is, peers versus critics — evaluating candidates’ work. Specifically, we hypothesize that peers are more likely to favor candidates who are highly embedded in the field, whereas critics will not show such favoritism. We find support for these hypotheses in the context of the Hollywood motion picture industry.

Keywords: consecration, peers and critics, cultural producers, core/periphery, film industry

Suggested Citation

Cattani, Gino and Ferriani, Simone and Allison, Paul D., Insiders, Outsiders and the Struggle for Consecration in Cultural Fields: A Core-Periphery Perspective (January 01, 2014). American Sociological Review 2014, Vol. 79(2) 258–281, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2800338

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