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Inside Culture: Art and Class in the American Home
by David Halle
Dubbed as "You Are What You Hang (or Don't)" by the New York Times,Inside Culture takes us on a tour of 160 homes in and around New York City, from affluent townhouses on Manhattan's Upper East Side and rowhouses in blue-collar Brooklyn to middle and upper-class suburbs of Long Island. The result is an unprecedented portrait of the use of cultural artifacts—fine art, photo ...more
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I was impressed by both the empirical rigor of this book as well as the theoretical place it came from. Halle wants to show how the meanings people make of art in their home are neither imposed from a top-down cultural dictator (the Frankfurt School thesis) nor are the products of education into hierarchical tastes (Boudieu's notion of cultural capital). Rather they are the product of a variety of influences, from personal to political, spiritual to learned. Though there are few surprises about ...more
this book is all Halle ... I'm excited that it might be a cornerstone of my dissertation. he compares art in the houses of residents of los angeles with art in the houses of new yorkers, making statements about domestic aesthetics in different contexts. whoo hoooo.