CSSH: Sociology Talks by Barış Büyükokutan on November 6, 12:00-13:30

Author: CSSH

Sociology Talks by Barış Büyükokutan   

6 November (Wednesday), 12:00-13:30 

Room: SOS 238


Abstract: “There is a consensus among historians, sociologists, and musicologists who study jazz that the genre attained art music status in the 1940s and 50s as a result of a modernist revolution whose most famous manifestation is bebop. This consensus suffers from underspecification of the dependent variable: scholars who tell this narrative rarely discuss what constitutes consecration. I define consecration as the formation of an ineffable, ultimately arbitrary aura as a result of the construction of institutions. I then take stock of these institutions from the early twentieth century on, finding i. that many of them either predate or long postdate the 1940s and 50s, and ii. that very few of them are entirely secure. I conclude that the rise of jazz is a myth and discuss the implications of this finding for the sociological study of race and of culture.”  


Bio: Barış Büyükokutan is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Koç University. His research focuses on the functioning of the fields of cultural production in the United States and Turkey. His past work has appeared in, among other places, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, and Qualitative Sociology. He is the recipient, most recently, of the American Sociological Association’s 2019 Charles Tilly Award for Best Article in Comparative-Historical Sociology.