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Factors of Artists' Institutionalization: Case of the Russian Street-art Scene

Student: Anastasiia Masalova

Supervisor: Margarita Kuleva

Faculty: Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Educational Programme: Sociology (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 9

Year of Graduation: 2019

Street art is a multifaceted and ambiguous phenomenon, which is only gaining popularity in modern Russia. Like many subcultural and counter-cultural phenomena, street art goes through a process of institutionalization, gaining legality, legitimacy, affiliation with cultural institutions and recognition as expertise, and the general public. This work is devoted to the analysis of the institutionalization factors of the professional activity of Russian street artists. The concepts of the art world of G. Becker (Becker, 1982) and the fields of cultural production of P. Bourdieu (Bourdieu, 1993) are used as a theoretical framework. Institutionalization is one of the processes occurring in the organizational field, and it is analyzed through the prism of the theory of sociological neo-institutionalism (Meyer, Rowan, 1977; DiMaggio, Powell, 1983). The paper uses quantitative analysis methods, in particular factor analysis to calculate the index of institutionalization of the activities of each individual artist, linear regression to identify institutionalization factors and network analysis to understand the community structure and calculate centrality indicators.

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