Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste

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$51.00
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Harvard University Press
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613
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6.08 X 1.25 X 9.19 inches | 1.54 pounds
Language
French
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780674212770

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About the Author

Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) held the Chair of Sociology at the Collège de France, where he directed the Center for European Sociology, the journal Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales, and the publishing house Raisons d'agir Editions until his death in 2002. He was one of the most influential social scientists of the twentieth century as well as a leading public intellectual involved in the global mobilization against neoliberalism. He authored numerous classics of sociology and anthropology. Among them are Reproduction in Education, Society, and Culture, Outline of a Theory of Practice, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste, Homo Academicus, The Rules of Art: Genesis and Structure of the Artistic Field, and Pascalian Meditations.

Reviews

A book of extraordinary intelligence.--Irving Louis Horowitz "Commonweal "
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 "
A complex, rich, intelligent book. It will provide the historian of the future with priceless materials and it will bring an essential contribution to sociological theory.--Fernand Braudel
One of the more distinguished contributions to social theory and research in recent years... There is in this book an account of culture, and a methodology of its study, rich in implication for a diversity of fields of social research. The work in some ways redefines the whole scope of cultural studies.--Anthony Giddens "Partisan Review "
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