David Reinecke

Network Formation in Artistic Genres

Department of Sociology

How do new genres emerge and develop through time? Linking research on social movements and art worlds, this research explores the trajectory of American science fiction magazines from their pulp origins to their wide popularity. This case study will specify how and why networks matter in creating, sustaining, and producing artistic genres, an important theoretical concern to the sociology of culture. Mixing both quantitative and qualitative approaches, the results suggest a sequential story: popular science initially created a legitimate discursive space for the nascent genre, while growing cohesive networks among authors sustained the form in the post-war period.