Social History of Art

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To understand the foundations of theory named Social History of Art, one must look beyond the synoptic treatments of society and art in their well-known and much appreciated works on economy, political concept and class systems. These perceptions and concepts of the society are intimately linked to their investigations of the broad problem of rationalization in modern society.


Yet for Arnold Hauser there is less flexibility given for maintaining a state of imperfect equality. Hauser has great deference for the natural state of man above the artificially created political. (Edelman, 2005) Following such a belief, the complete survival of a state requires absolute and continuously changing notions of equality, without which a mass exodus from state might occur. Those citizens who are ill represented by the interests of others citizens in a state are given a clear exit path for leaving society, one that is encouraged by the state as a whole. This becomes a practical way for Hauser to balance the conflicting relations of multiple self interests and stagnation of expanded political freedoms. With the minority leaving the state, it's existence and reasons for conflict are left unchecked. (Cook, 1998) Arnold Hauser's beliefs avoid a much larger revolution by the lower class of humankind. In the theory, Hauser pays great attention to the transfer of individual rights into the creation of a state or society. ...
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