In this paper, we examine how status affects cultural organizations’ willingness to challenge the dominant logic of status distinction in their field by raising the unconventionality of their repertoires. We hypothesize that opportunities for middle status organizations to improve their status position serve as strong incentives to violate dominant status-based expectations and raise the unconventionality of their repertoires. We also predict that the risks of status loss and commercial failure that stem from similar actions are major constraints upon the willingness of high and low status organizations to program unconventional operas. Concealing unconventional repertoires under conventional forms or visual appearances (aesthetic conventionality), however, increases their freedom by promoting the legitimacy of their offerings, thereby protecting their position in the status hierarchy from the social penalties that arise from repertoire unconventionality. A statistical analysis of Italian opera house repertoires from 2004 to 2011 strongly supports these hypotheses.
Cancellieri, G. (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||Being printed|
|Titolo:||How Status Affects the Unconventionality of Opera Repertoires: Conflicting Criteria for Status Distinction, Aesthetic Conventionality and Repertoire Nonconformity in Italian Opera|
|Rivista:||INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ARTS MANAGEMENT|
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