Sociology of film

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The sociology of film deals with the sociological analysis of film.[1] According to a university class in it, the field includes "Contemporary cinema as a culture clue to social change; an introduction to the social forces involved in film-making in the United States and other cultures; the influence of films on mass and select audiences." [2] According to another university course, it covers "social aspects causes and consequences of the production, distribution, content, form and reception of film."[3]

The New York Times said, "One problem, though, is that if the audience is the measure all things, then art becomes a reflection of sociology and dissecting audience tastes becomes the art."[4]


  1. ^ Morris, Martin (Nov 1966). "[Review of ] "The Sociology of Film Art"". American Journal of Sociology. 73 (3): 314. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "SOC 112 The Sociology of Film". Hofstra University Bulletin. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Hicks, Alex. "Syllabus" (PDF). Sociology of Film. Emory University. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Rothstein, Edward (May 27, 2000). "Is the Audience Being Rowdy?". The New York Times. p. B.11f. 

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  • Huaco, George. Sociology of film art. Basic Books, 1965.
    • Review, American Journal of Sociology 72"314 (1966)
  • Tudor, Anthony, Image and Influence: Studies in the Sociology of Film Allen & Unwin, 1974.
    • Review, Literature/Film Quarterly" 5:84 (1978) [2]
  • Sutherland, Jean-Anne, and Katheryn Feltey Cinematic Sociology: Social Life in Film. 2nd ed. SAGE Publishing, 2013.
  • Mayer, J. P. Sociology of Film: Studies and Documents Faber & Faber, 1946. Full text on Internet Archive