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A sociology of the amateur
Geneviève Teil and Antoine Hennion

century with the expansion of piano-making as an activity (Ehrlich 1976) and the publication of sheetmusic (Peacock and Weir 1975). A pragmatic definition of the great amateur An amateur always participates in the production of the product he or she likes, as does the reader. In literary theory, or even earlier, the reader as described by Proust in the Foreword to Sésame et les Lys, the French version of Ruskin’s Sesame and the Lilies, is an actor of literature, made up of a set of positions ‘not outside of the book, but inside it’. Taste appears in the end as both a

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