From Aristocratic to Ordinary: Shifting Modes of Elite Distinction

  title={From Aristocratic to Ordinary: Shifting Modes of Elite Distinction},
  author={Sam Friedman and Aaron Reeves},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={323 - 350}
How do elites signal their superior social position via the consumption of culture? We address this question by drawing on 120 years of “recreations” data (N = 71,393) contained within Who’s Who, a unique catalogue of the British elite. Our results reveal three historical phases of elite cultural distinction: first, a mode of aristocratic practice forged around the leisure possibilities afforded by landed estates, which waned significantly in the late-nineteenth century; second, a highbrow mode… 

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