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Structure and Agency in Bourdieu's Distinction

Structure and Agency in Bourdieu's Distinction

In this essay I argue that Bourdieu’s thesis in Distinction* generally favours the role of structure over agency in determining taste.  However, within that framework opportunities for agency do exist.  Such agency is particularly available to those rich in cultural capital, enabled by their distance from necessity.  Outside the dominant classes opportunities for agency still…

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Pierre Bourdieu — Distinction

Pierre Bourdieu — Distinction

A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste In this book Bourdieu argues that cultural choice, or taste, is closely related to social position. The thesis is built on a series of surveys and interviews conducted in France in 1963 and 1967-68, but as I read it, everything still feels relevant to the 2012 Anglosphere.…

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