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Distinction

A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste

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$40.50 • £29.95 • €36.50

ISBN 9780674212770

Publication: October 1987

Short

640 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

20 halftones, 13 line illustrations, 55 tables

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A book of extraordinary intelligence.—Irving Louis Horowitz, Commonweal

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

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