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The Splintered Art World of Contemporary Christian Music

Jay R. Howard, Butler University
John M. Streck


For many, art is a product: the painting to be observed and contemplated, the concert to be heard and enjoyed. There is, however, another conception of art - art as activity - and it is in this context that Howard Becker (1984) develops his concept of art worlds. Art worlds, Becker argues, include more than the artists who create the work which the public commonly defines as art. Any given art world will consist of the network of people whose co-operative activity produces that art world's certain type of artistic product (Becker 1984, p. x).

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Suggested Citation

Jay R. Howard and John M. Streck. "The Splintered Art World of Contemporary Christian Music" Popular Music 15 (1996): 37-53.