Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/194235
Title:
Contexts of Exchange and the Pricing of Art
Author:
O'Neil, Kathleen Marie
Issue Date:
2005
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This dissertation examines the pricing of visual art, the social process through which people arrive at a price for a work of art. The emerging literature on pricing suggests that a diversity of approaches to pricing exist even within the same firm or industry. Through interviews and field observation with artists and gallery owners in a local art market, I discover that this is also true of the pricing of visual art. In addition, individual artists often take more than one approach to pricing decisions, either at different stages of their career or coterminously. I examine the diversity of pricing decisions for visual art by investigating the exchange contexts within which art is sold. Exchange contexts are examined both in terms of the meanings associated with exchange and the structure and content of the social relationship between exchange partners. I demonstrate that exchange contexts provide frameworks within which pricing styles take on particular forms. More generally this project contributes to the sociological understanding of economic life by infusing cultural and relational sociology into the study of rational decision-making and markets.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Degree Name:
PhD
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Sociology; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
Breiger, Ronald L.

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dc.titleContexts of Exchange and the Pricing of Arten_US
dc.creatorO'Neil, Kathleen Marieen_US
dc.contributor.authorO'Neil, Kathleen Marieen_US
dc.date.issued2005en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines the pricing of visual art, the social process through which people arrive at a price for a work of art. The emerging literature on pricing suggests that a diversity of approaches to pricing exist even within the same firm or industry. Through interviews and field observation with artists and gallery owners in a local art market, I discover that this is also true of the pricing of visual art. In addition, individual artists often take more than one approach to pricing decisions, either at different stages of their career or coterminously. I examine the diversity of pricing decisions for visual art by investigating the exchange contexts within which art is sold. Exchange contexts are examined both in terms of the meanings associated with exchange and the structure and content of the social relationship between exchange partners. I demonstrate that exchange contexts provide frameworks within which pricing styles take on particular forms. More generally this project contributes to the sociological understanding of economic life by infusing cultural and relational sociology into the study of rational decision-making and markets.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
thesis.degree.namePhDen_US
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thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.chairBreiger, Ronald L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBreiger, Ronald L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGalaskiewicz, Josephen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHealy, Kieranen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRagin, Charlesen_US
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dc.identifier.oclc137355281en_US
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