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
I’ve been trying to work out how to write this review – you see, the problem is that there’s a bit of a back story to this book and I don’t ...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
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
Surprisingly it wasn't as hard to rea ...more
So in the book he is describing the results of a m ...more
As this is one of Bourdieu's famous book and as it talks about "taste", I have been struggling for writing a review on this one. The problem is not because Bourdieusian readings are complicated, well, at least for this book- it is "digestible" tho. The matter is, concerning Bourdieusian concepts of taste, it is inseparable with the seminal work of aesthetic taste in Kantian reading.
What is then aesthetic taste for Kant? For Kan ...more