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dc.contributor.author Moeran, Brian
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-14
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-14T11:26:40Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-14T11:26:40Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8510
dc.description.abstract This article discusses the social processes among members of a panel of jurors required to award a major prize to one of the submissions to a national ceramics exhibition in Japan. Uniquely based on participant observation-style fieldwork, the article details the voting procedures and (inconclusive) results, before analysing why one particular potter’s submission was selected for the Princess Chichibu Cup. It shows how social relations, rather than aesthetic taste, influenced the final choice, since jury members operated according to an informal pecking order that depended on pre-existing networks and reputations, themselves determined by seniority and age. The fact that judges did not overtly resort to aesthetic criteria when making their evaluations meant that they considered each submission in relation to other submissions, rather than on their own particular merits. They thus ended up comparing ‘incommensurate flaws’, rather than making a selection according to agreed ‘merit’. And yet ‘meritocratic principles’ seem to prevail in the longer term cumulative recognition of potters who are awarded prizes at such exhibitions. en_US
dc.format.extent 19 en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.subject.other Awards en_US
dc.subject.other Ceramic art en_US
dc.subject.other Evaluative practices en_US
dc.subject.other Japan en_US
dc.subject.other Jury en_US
dc.subject.other Prizes en_US
dc.title How to Award a Prize en_US
dc.type cp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt12sep14 lbjl en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Interkulturel Kommunikation og Ledelse en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort IKL en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Intercultural Communication and Management en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort ICM en_US
dc.description.notes Paper presented at The 7th Conference of the European Research Network Sociology of the Arts. 5-7 Sep. 2012. Vienna, Austria. en_US
dc.publisher.city Frederiksberg en_US
dc.publisher.year 2012 en_US
dc.title.subtitle An Ethnography of a Juried Ceramic Art Exhibition in Japan en_US


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