In a move to discuss and think through the connections, functions, roles of art in society many of todays thinkers phrase this topic in terms of art & politics.
See Rancière > The Politics of Aesthetics; Dissensus; etc.
See Peter Sloterdijk > in: Spheres of Action: Art and Politics – Part 2/ 10.12.2005 TATE symposium
Also Peter Weibel and Boris Groys
Bruno Latour > Making Things Public, Atmospheres of Democracy.