Art worlds and their ethnographers

Julia Rothenberg*, Gary Alan Fine

*Corresponding author for this work

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Artists and other creative workers stand in a complex relationship to ethnographers because, historically, they have shared with social science the goals of social reflexivity and critique. At the same time, artworld agents have their own reputational and economic interests in the outcomes of the research. In this article, grounded in our ethnographic research (both participant observation and in-depth interviews) with professional and self-taught artists, collectors, curators, and dealers, we examine the positive and negative aspects of collaboration with artworld informants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-37
Number of pages7
JournalEthnologie Francaise
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008


  • Artists
  • Artworld
  • Ethnography
  • Interviews
  • Participant observation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology


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