Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste by Pierre Bourdieu | 9780674212770 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste

Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste

by Pierre Bourdieu
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674212770

ISBN-13: 9780674212770

Pub. Date: 10/28/1987

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Distinction is at once a vast ethnography of contemporary France and a dissection of the bourgeois mind. Bourdieu's subject is the study of culture, and his objective is most ambitious: to provide an answer to the problems raised by Kant's Critique of Judgment by showing why no judgment of taste is innocent.

Overview

Distinction is at once a vast ethnography of contemporary France and a dissection of the bourgeois mind. Bourdieu's subject is the study of culture, and his objective is most ambitious: to provide an answer to the problems raised by Kant's Critique of Judgment by showing why no judgment of taste is innocent.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674212770
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1987
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
321,371
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the English-Language Editionxi
Introduction1
Part IA Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste9
1The Aristocracy of Culture11
The Titles of Cultural Nobility18
Cultural Pedigree63
Part IIThe Economy of Practices97
2The Social Space and Its Transformations99
Class Condition and Social Conditioning101
A Three-Dimensional Space114
Reconversion Strategies125
3The Habitus and the Space of Life-Styles169
The Homology between the Spaces175
The Universes of Stylistic Possibles208
4The Dynamics of the Fields226
The Correspondence between Goods Production and Taste Production230
Symbolic Struggles244
Part IIIClass Tastes and Life-Styles257
5The Sense of Distinction260
The Modes of Appropriation of the Work of Art267
The Variants of the Dominant Taste283
The Mark of Time295
Temporal and Spiritual Powers315
6Cultural Goodwill318
Knowledge and Recognition319
Education and the Autodidact328
Slope and Thrust331
The Variants of Petit-Bourgeois Taste339
The Declining Petite Bourgeoisie346
The Executant Petite Bourgeoisie351
The New Petite Bourgeoisie354
From Duty to the Fun Ethic365
7The Choice of the Necessary372
The Taste for Necessity and the Principle of Conformity374
The Effects of Domination386
8Culture and Politics397
Selective Democracy399
Status and Competence405
The Right to Speak411
Personal Opinion414
The Modes of Production of Opinion417
Dispossession and Misappropriation426
Moral Order and Political Order432
Class Habitus and Political Opinions437
Supply and Demand440
The Political Space451
The Specific Effect of Trajectory453
Political Language459
Conclusion: Classes and Classifications466
Embodied Social Structures467
Knowledge without Concepts470
Advantageous Attributions475
The Classification Struggle479
The Reality of Representation and the Representation of Reality482
Postscript: Towards a 'Vulgar' Critique of 'Pure' Critiques485
Disgust at the 'Facile'486
The 'Taste of Reflection' and the 'Taste of Sense'488
A Denied Social Relationship491
Parerga and Paralipomena494
The Pleasure of the Text498
Appendices503
1Some Reflections on the Method503
2Complementary Sources519
3Statistical Data525
4Associations: A Parlour Game546
Notes561
Credits605
Index607
Tables
1Class preferences for singers and music15
2Aesthetic disposition, by education capital36
3Aesthetic disposition, by class and education37
4Knowledge of composers and musical works, by education and class of origin64
5Furniture purchases in the dominant class, by education and social origin78
6Some indicators of economic capital in different fractions of the dominant class, 1966117
7Some indicators of cultural practice in different fractions of the dominant class, 1966118
8Types of books preferred by different fractions of the dominant class, 1966119
9Social origin of members of the dominant class, by class fraction, 1970121
10Rate of employment of women aged 25-34, by education, 1962 and 1968134
11Changes in morphology and asset structure of the class fractions, 1954-1975136
12Changes in morphology and asset structure of the class fractions, 1954-1968138
13Morphological changes within the dominant class, 1954-1975140
14Morphological changes within the middle class, 1954-1975140
15Changes in class morphology and use of educational system, 1954-1968158
16Annual household expenditures on food: skilled manual workers, foremen and clerical workers, 1972181
17Yearly spending by teachers, professionals and industrial and commercial employers, 1972184

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