The author is a sociologist with a background in art history. She provides an intriguing inside look into the various subcultures that make up the "art world."
Here are a few quotes from her introduction:
The contemporary art world is a loose network of overlapping subcultures held together by a belief in art (p. xi).and,
[C]ontemporary art has become a kind of alternative religion for atheists (p. xiv).and,
Although the art world reveres the unconventional, it is rife with conformity (p. xv).
The art world is not a "system" or smooth-functioning machine but rather a conflicted cluster of subcultures--each of which embraces different definitions of art (p. xix).The second quote above is especially provocative. I suspect it is a fairly accurate observation.