- Paperback: 613 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press (January 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674212770
- ISBN-13: 978-0674212770
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste
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Bourdieu's analysis transcends the usual analysis of conspicuous consumption in two ways: by showing that specific judgments and chokes 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)
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