Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste (Routledge Classics) (Paperback)

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Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste (Routledge Classics) (Paperback)

By Pierre Bourdieu, Richard Nice (Translator), Tony Bennett (Foreword by)

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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.

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.
Product Details ISBN: 9780415567886
ISBN-10: 0415567882
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: March 12th, 2010
Pages: 610
Language: English
Series: Routledge Classics