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Description - Distinction by Pierre Bourdieu

No judgement if taste is innocent - we are all snobs. First published in 1979, Pierre Bourdieu brilliantly illuminates the social pretentions of the middle classes in the modern world. Focusing the French bourgeoisie -- its tastes and preferences -- Distinction is at once a vast ethnography of contemporary France and a dissection of the bourgeois mind. In the course of everyday life, we constantly choose between what we find aesthetically pleasing, and what we consider tacky, merely trendy, or ugly. Bourdieu demonstrates that our aesthetic choices are distinctions -- that is, choices made in opposition to those made by other classes. There is no pure aesthetics, no judgement of taste untainted by the power relations within which minute distinctions become the basis for social judgement.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415567886
ISBN-10: 0415567882
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 640
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 12-Mar-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu (1930--2002) was one of France's leading sociologists. Champion of the anti-globalization movement, his work spanned a broad range of subjects, from ethnography to art, and education to television.

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