SOCI 109. Distinction: On Class and the Judgment of Tastes

This honors seminar is centered on reading Bourdieu's Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste. We will read the entire book carefully, in conversation with a number of strains of classical and contemporary sociology and social theory that inform or are informed by it. Some topics we will tackle include: how earlier theories & theorists informed Bourdieu's work; how people make judgments about one another; the role of judgments of taste, style, and embodiment in reproducing class advantages & disadvantages; the "omnivore" debate about the distinguishing (or not) meaning of "highbrow" culture; applications, extensions and critiques of Distinction from the US, Europe, and elsewhere; and the role of class and class cultures in politics.
Social sciences.
2 credits.
Catalog chapter: Sociology and Anthropology
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