Distinction : a social critique of the judgement of taste / Pierre Bourdieu ; translated by Richard Nice.

by Bourdieu, Pierre, 1930-2002Looking glass.

Series: Routledge classics: Publisher: London : Routledge, 2010.Edition: [New edition] / with a new introduction by Tony Bennett.Description: xxx, 607 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780415567886; 0415567882.Subject(s): Middle class -- FranceLooking glass | Aesthetics, FrenchLooking glass | Judgment (Aesthetics)Looking glassNote: Previous ed. of this translation: London: Routledge Kegan & Paul, 1984.Note: Includes bibliographical references and index. Language: Translated from the French. Alternative form: Electronic version: 9780203720790
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

No judgement of taste is innocent - we are all snobs. Pierre Bourdieu's Distinction brilliantly illuminates the social pretentions of the middle classes in the modern world, focusing on the tastes and preferences of the French bourgeoisie. First published in 1979, the book 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. Taste is not pure. Bourdieu demonstrates that our different aesthetic choices are all distinctions - that is, choices made in opposition to those made by other classes. This fascinating work argues that the social world functions simultaneously as a system of power relations and as a symbolic system in which minute distinctions of taste become the basis for social judgement.

Previous ed. of this translation: London: Routledge Kegan & Paul, 1984.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Translated from the French.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • 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

Author notes provided by Syndetics

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.

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