The art worlds margins: networks of the portuguese blogger-poets
Núcleo de Estudos Culturais Comparados Centro de Estudos Sociais Coimbra, Portugal
This paper presents some results of a sociological research about Portuguese poetry. The subject of the study is the Portuguese poets who are creators and promoters of a blog, who do not belong to the Portuguese literary canon.
The study proposes the articulation of network analysis with two well-known theories in the sociology of arts - the "field theory", of the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, and the "art world's theory", of the North American sociologist Howard Becker -, exploring some of the limits and advantages of these theories in the Portuguese context, a semi-peripheral one (Boaventura de Sousa Santos). I believe that contributions of network analysis introduce very important questions in the area of the sociology of arts, and specifically, in the "nonfield" of sociology of literature (Griswold).
Based on a qualitative methodology - interviews with non-canonical blogger-poets - I seek to understand the role of the social networks in the "(self)recognition", "training", "[amateur] literary careers", and "identities" of the Portuguese blogger-poets, attempting to understand what makes these networks move by focusing on two dimensions: cooperation/conflict and recognition.
By specifically focusing on blogs, this research intends to understand how individuals construct themselves and are recognized by "others" as poets trough this new "dispositif" (Foucault), which is technological, linguistic and social.