“Taste” is arguably: a reflection about the accumulation of symbolic goods

  • Carla de Araujo Risso Centro Universitário Unifieo / Universidade de São Paulo
Keywords: culture, social relations, arts.

Abstract

In this expansive work, established through questionnaires in the period of 1963-1968, Bourdieu investigates the acquisition of symbolic capital and the implications of taste based on social class. According the thought of Bourdieu, the social world functions simultaneously as a system of power relations and as a symbolic system in which minute distinctions of taste become the basis for social judgment. The different aesthetic choices people make are all distinctions – choices are made in opposition to those made by other classes. So, taste is not pure and no judgment of taste is innocent. Written in 1979, The Distinction is a major contribution to current debates on the theory of culture and a challenge to the major theoretical schools in contemporary sociology.

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Author Biography

Carla de Araujo Risso, Centro Universitário Unifieo / Universidade de São Paulo
Professora do Centro Universitário Unifieo e doutoranda da ECA-USP.
Published
2008-12-15
How to Cite
Risso, C. (2008). “Taste” is arguably: a reflection about the accumulation of symbolic goods. MATRIZes, 2(1), 252-256. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v2i1p252-256
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Book reviews