Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste
No judgement of taste is innocent. In a word, we are all snobs. Pierre Bourdieu brilliantly illuminates this situation of the middle class in the modern world. France's leading sociologist focusses here on the French bourgeoisie, its tastes and preferences. Distinction is at once a vast ethnography of contemporary France and a dissection of the bourgeois mind.
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Now, don't get me wrong, if I were to teach a class on aesthetics, the first chapter, an absolute masterpiece, would be required reading. But for crying out loud, read the whole thing and read it critically. There's no point in reading philosophy or sociology if you don't read it critically.
Part I, "The Aristocracy of Culture" is a masterpiece, if you ignore Bourdieu's crappy methodology. Or near ...more
The final chapter, on Kant's Critique of Judgment, shows how even so-called pure aesthetics is "grounded in an empirical social relation," how pleasure itself becomes part of the way "dominant groups...ride roughshod over difference, flouts distin ...more
Surprisingly it wasn't as hard to rea ...more
So in the book he is describing the results of a m ...more
Herkesler, müzik büyülü/sihirli/gökten indi dedi. Bende bir sorun var sanırım, hayatımın bir bölümünü müziksiz geçirdim ve ölmedim. O yüzden:
Biraz müzik sosyolojisi okumasına ihtiyacım vardı. Müzik soyolojisinin soruları nelerden başladım. Şunlara denk geldim: Kitlesel popülarite açısından müziğin gücü, popüler müziğin yansımaları, tüketim ilişkilerinde müziğin rolü, internet, medyanın müzik kapsamındaki etkileri ve müzik beğenilerinin günümüzdeki dayana ...more
Bourdieu's ideas on the concept of 'taste', and the driving force behind it (spoiler: the economic field and the struggle of the classes within), were (and still are) quite revolutionary, despite the clear influences he refers to (Marxism, Robert Merton, etc). Bourdieu sprinkles many examples throughout the book to help you grasp his deeply theoretical book.
Despite these many examples, you might have ...more
If you thought you knew why some things are good and others bad, read on and be exposed as the follower of fashion that you are. Chock with data. One of the key concepts here is that of habitus, a set of linked practices and beliefs which persons of a particular class, economic status, or other group hold in common. These things come in packages. If you believe or prefer this thing, then you are more likely to prefer this othe ...more
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