Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste

Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste

Pierre Bourdieu Richard Nice
4.1/5 (3040 ratings)
Distinction is at once a vast ethnography of contemporary France and a dissection of the bourgeois mind. Bourdieu's subject is the study of culture, and his objective is most ambitious: to provide an answer to the problems raised by Kant's Critique of Judgment by showing why no judgment of taste is innocent.

"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

"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 choices 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
Language
English
Pages
613
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Harvard University Press
Release
October 15, 1987
ISBN
0674212770
ISBN 13
9780674212770

Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste

Pierre Bourdieu Richard Nice
4.1/5 (3040 ratings)
Distinction is at once a vast ethnography of contemporary France and a dissection of the bourgeois mind. Bourdieu's subject is the study of culture, and his objective is most ambitious: to provide an answer to the problems raised by Kant's Critique of Judgment by showing why no judgment of taste is innocent.

"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

"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 choices 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
Language
English
Pages
613
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Harvard University Press
Release
October 15, 1987
ISBN
0674212770
ISBN 13
9780674212770

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