Summary of topics offered - Department of Territorial Studies (FRDIS)Help

Basic information

Topic has been proposed by a student whose name can be found on line Proposed by.

Type of work:
Bachelor thesis
Relationship Between Art and Social Hierarchy
State of topic:
approved (doc. MVDr. Helena Modrá, Ph.D. - head of department)
Thesis supervisor:
Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies
Department of Territorial Studies - FRDIS
Max. no. of students:1
Proposed by: Bc. Nigar Garayzada
In the bachelor thesis I am going to scrutinise the mutual relationships between art and society. As French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, argued in his Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, “no judgement of taste is innocent" (1979). Sensing and experiencing aesthetics is not objectively given but rather the result of continuous choices between what we sense or perceive as aesthetically satisfying and what we consider tasteless, hideous or even trumpery. These various aesthetic choices represent positions within or mutual relations between classes. According to Bourdieu, society functions as a system of power relations and simultaneously as a symbolic system in which subtle differences in taste become the basis of the social hierarchy. Thus, Bourdieu’s thesis on the perception and conceptualisation of taste provides us with a useful analytical tools to study art as an instrument of social stratification. The aim of my thesis is to gain and provide a deeper understanding of the ways art creates and reproduces socially structured suffering in the contemporary post-socialist Azerbaijan

There are no limitations of the topic