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A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste

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$42.50 • £34.95 • €38.50

ISBN 9780674212770

Publication Date: 10/15/1987


640 pages

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

20 halftones, 13 line illustrations, 55 tables

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  • Preface to the English-Language Edition
  • Introduction
  • I. A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste
    • 1. The Aristocracy of Culture
      • The Titles of Cultural Nobility
      • Cultural Pedigree
  • II. The Economy of Practices
    • 2. The Social Space and Its Transformations
      • Class Condition and Social Conditioning
      • A Three-Dimensional Space
      • Reconversion Strategies
    • 3. The Habitus and the Space of Life-Styles
      • The Homology between the Spaces
      • The Universes of Stylistic Possibles
    • 4. The Dynamics of the Fields
      • The Correspondence between Goods Production and Taste Production
      • Symbolic Struggles
  • III. Class Tastes and Life-Styles
    • 5. The Sense of Distinction
      • The Modes of Appropriation of the Work of Art
      • The Variants of the Dominant Taste
      • The Mark of Time
      • Temporal and Spiritual Powers
    • 6. Cultural Goodwill
      • Knowledge and Recognition
      • Education and the Autodidact
      • Slope and Thrust
      • The Variants of PetitBourgeois Taste
      • The Declining Petite Bourgeoisie
      • The Executant Petite Bourgeoisie
      • The New Petite Bourgeoisie
      • From Duty to the Fun Ethic
    • 7. The Choice of the Necessary
      • The Taste for Necessity and the Principle of Conformity
      • The Effects of Domination
    • 8. Culture and Politics
      • Selective Democracy
      • Status and Competence
      • The Right to Speak
      • Personal Opinion
      • The Modes of Production of Opinion
      • Dispossession and Misappropriation
      • Moral Order and Political Order
      • Class Habirus and Political Opinions
      • Supply and Demand
      • The Political Space
      • The Specific Effect of Trajectory
      • Political Language
    • Conclusion: Classes and Classifications
      • Embodied Social Structures
      • Knowledge without Concepts
      • Advantageous Attributions
      • The Classification Struggle
      • The Reality of Representation and the Representation of Reality
    • Postscript: Towards a ‘Vulgar’ Critique of ‘Pure’ Critiques
      • Disgust at the ‘Facile’
      • The ‘Taste of Reflection’ and the ‘Taste of Sense’
      • A Denied Social Relationship
      • Parerga and Paralipomena
      • The Pleasure of the Text
  • Appendices
    • 1. Some Reflections on the Method
    • 2. Complementary Sources
    • 3. Statistical Data
    • 4. Associations: A Parlour Game
  • Notes
  • Credits
  • Index

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