1160689615 - Pierre Bourdieu From Distinction: A Social...

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Pierre Bourdieu From Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste Overview and Discussion Questions Bourdieu approaches art as a sociologist, and is interested in examining the correlations between someone’s economic class and their “taste”—the judgments they make about cultural artifacts. The term “taste” encompasses a pun, since Bourdieu is interested in linking artistic preferences to a whole host of other kinds of cultural choices we make, including the kind of food we like. Do you enjoy the opera? Or do you prefer to watch soap operas? Do you enjoy Beethoven? Or do you prefer to listen to Ludacris? Do you prefer the paintings of Davinci? Or Jackson Pollock? Or Hallmark card art? Bourdieu believes how you answer these questions derives from your upbringing and education, which in turn are closely related to your family’s economic class. There is a twist in Bourdieu’s argument at this point. Not only do our aesthetic sensibilities derive from our class, but each time we make an aesthetic judgment we are
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2009 for the course ENGL 2010 taught by Professor Winokur during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.

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