9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN02 Sociology of the Arts

2009-09-05 11:00:00 2009-09-05 12:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 11:00 - 12:30 The Artification Process Building II, C6.07

Aestheticization of Everyday Life and Postmodern Cities

Aestheticization of Everyday Life and Postmodern Cities
Sonia Paone,
Faculty of Political Science, University of Pisa (Italy)


The expression aestheticization of everyday life underlines the growing value that aesthetic perception has assumed in the actions and choices of everyday life. According to Featherstone (1991), the concept of aestheticization of everyday life can be explained in terms of several factors: the effacement of the boundary between art and everyday life and the plan to transform life into a work of art. Finally aesthetic sensitivity has been amplified by the increase in the number of images and the information flow due to globalization.
This paper presents a series of reflections on the aestheticization of everyday life and postmodern urban landscapes.
In particular, it emphasizes the reduction and commodification of public space due to the centrality that consumption spaces have assumed in the city. Moreover, it emphasizes the standardization of urban landscapes that is strictly connected with the logic of hyper-consumption. It will also consider the accentuation of the division in groups which is the result of elective/selective processes in the city (gentrification) and the diffusion of exclusive lifestyle communities (gated communities).