Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste

  title={Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste},
  author={Pierre Bourdieu},
  • P. Bourdieu
  • Published 1 December 1985
  • Sociology, History, Psychology
Preface to the English-Language Edition Introduction PART I A SOCIAL CRITIQUE OF THE JUDGEMENT OF TASTE 1. The Aristocracy of Culture The Titles of Cultural Nobility Cultural Pedigree PART II THE ECONOMY OF PRACTICES 2. The Social Space and Its Transformations Class Condition and Social Conditioning A Three-Dimensional Space Reconversion Strategies 3. The Habitus and the Space of Life-Styles The Homology between the Spaces The Universes of Stylistic Possibles 4. The Dynamics of the Fields The… 
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