Preface to the English language edition; Introduction Pierre Bourdieu; 1. The cult of unity and cultivated differences Pierre Bourdieu; 2. The social definition of photography Pierre Bourdieu; 3. Aesthetic ambitions and social aspirations: the camera club as a secondary group Robert Castel and Dominique Schnapper; 4. Mechanical art, natural art: photographic artists Jean-Claude Chamboredon; 5. Professional men or men of quality: professional photographers Luc Boltanski and Jean-Claude Chamboredon; Notes; Index.
Pierre Bourdieu is Professor of Sociology at the College de France and Director of the Center for European Sociology at the Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.
"It is one of only a few studies to apply the results of surveys and interviews to form an analysis from a social perspective. It is also important because it reveals aspects of Bourdieu's theories at an early stage." - Choice "The significance of Bourdieu's work for American studies lies in his powerful argument about the social definitions of popular aesthetics. His insistence that even the most trivial photographs serve social functions can be extended beyond photography and, thus, should be of interest to any student of popular culture." - American Quarterly "The book contains several elements by Bourdieu: an analysis of the role of photography in the family life of peasants and small-town and urban dwellers, and an exploration of the 'social definition of photography,' including a brief essay on how different classes and groups express their aesthetic worldview in response to different photographs and photographic styles. Additional chapters by Bourdieu's colleagues explore the sociology of the camera club, photographic practice and the fine arts, and the nature of photography as an occupation... Sociologists interested in culture will learn a great deal about the operation of a peculiar and pervasive symbolic system from this book. Bourdieu's writing (as that of his colleagues) is intricate, complex, and intellectually rewarding." - American Journal of Sociology