Social Status and Cultural Consumption

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Overview

How does cultural hierarchy relate to social hierarchy? Do the more advantaged consume ‘high' culture, while the less advantaged consume popular culture? Or has cultural consumption in contemporary societies become individualised to such a degree that there is no longer any social basis for cultural consumption? Leading scholars from the UK, the USA, Chile, France, Hungary and the Netherlands systematically examine the social stratification of arts and culture. They evaluate the ‘class-culture homology argument' of Pierre Bourdieu and Herbert Gans; the ‘individualisation arguments' of Anthony Giddens, Ulrich Beck and Zygmunt Bauman; and the ‘omnivore-univore argument' of Richard Peterson. They also demonstrate that, consistent with Max Weber's class-status distinction, cultural consumption, as a key element of lifestyle, is stratified primarily on the basis of social status rather than by social class.
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"This volume edited by Tak Wing Chan reflects an ambitious effort to put some flesh on theories of cultural consumption in a truly comparative context. Its geographical scope is as impressive as its innovative and meticulous treatment of empirical data. The book presents an important step towards a much needed synthesis in understanding the intricate relationship between lifestyles, cultural tastes, and social inequality." - Virág Molnár, The George Washington University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521194464
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2010
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tak Wing Chan teaches sociology at the University of Oxford, where he is also a Fellow and Tutor of New College, and the Director of the Oxford Network for Social Inequality Research.
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Table of Contents

List of figures ix

List of tables xi

List of contributors xiv

Acknowledgments xv

1 Social status and cultural consumption Tak Wing Chan John H. Goldthorpe 1

2 The social status scale: its construction and properties Tak Wing Chan 28

3 Social stratification and musical consumption: highbrow-middlebrow in the United States Arthur S. Alderson Isaac Heacock Azamat Junisbai 57

4 Bourdieu's legacy and the class-status debate on cultural consumption: musical consumption in contemporary France Philippe Coulangeon Yannick Lemel 84

5 Social status and public cultural consumption: Chile in comparative perspective Florencia Torche 109

6 Social stratification and cultural participation in Hungary: a post-communist pattern of consumption? Erzsébet Bukodi 139

7 Status, class and culture in the Netherlands Gerbert Kraaykamp Koen van Eijck Wout Ultee 169

8 Social stratification of cultural consumption across three domains: music; theatre, dance and cinema; and the visual arts Tak Wing Chan John H. Goldthorpe 204

9 Conclusion Tak Wing Chan 232

References 252

Index 269

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