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|Format:||Paperback, 640 pages|
|Other Information: ||Illustrations|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 12 March 2010|
No judgement if taste is innocent - we are all snobs. First published in 1979, Pierre Bourdieu brilliantly illuminates the social pretentions of the middle classes in the modern world. Focusing the French bourgeoisie -- its tastes and preferences -- Distinction is at once a vast ethnography of contemporary France and a dissection of the bourgeois mind. In the course of everyday life, we constantly choose between what we find aesthetically pleasing, and what we consider tacky, merely trendy, or ugly. Bourdieu demonstrates that our aesthetic choices are distinctions -- that is, choices made in opposition to those made by other classes. There is no pure aesthetics, no judgement of taste untainted by the power relations within which minute distinctions become the basis for social judgement.
Table of Contents
Preface to the English-Language Edition Introduction Part 1: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste 1. The Aristocracy of Culture Part 2: The Economy of Practices 2. The Social Space and its Transformations 3. The Habitus and the Space of Life-Styles 4. The Dynamics of Fields Part 3: Class Tastes and Life-Styles 5. The Sense of Distinction 6. Cultural Good Will 7. The Choice of the Necessary 8. Culture and Politics Conclusion: Classes and Classifications Postscript: Towards a 'Vulgar' Critique of 'Pure' Critiques Appendices Notes Credits Index
About the Author
Pierre Bourdieu (1930--2002) was one of France's leading sociologists. Champion of the anti-globalization movement, his work spanned a broad range of subjects, from ethnography to art, and education to television.
Bourdieu's analysis transcends the usual analysis of conspicuous consumption in two ways: by showing that specific judgments and chokes matter less than an esthetic outlook in general and by showing, moreover, that the acquisition of an esthetic outlook not only advertises upper-class prestige but helps to keep the lower orders in line. In other words, the esthetic world view serves as an instrument of domination. It serves the interests not merely of status but of power. It does this, according to Bourdieu, by emphasizing individuality, rivalry, and 'distinction' and by devaluing the well-being of society as a whole.--Christopher Lasch "Vogue "
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