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Social Status and Cultural Consumption Tak Wing Chan

Social Status and Cultural Consumption

Tak Wing Chan

Published April 8th 2010
ISBN : 9780521194464
Hardcover
273 pages
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How does cultural hierarchy relate to social hierarchy? Do the more advantaged consume high culture, while the less advantaged consume popular culture? Or has cultural consumption in contemporary societies become individualised to such a degree thatMoreHow does cultural hierarchy relate to social hierarchy? Do the more advantaged consume high culture, while the less advantaged consume popular culture? Or has cultural consumption in contemporary societies become individualised to such a degree that there is no longer any social basis for cultural consumption? Leading scholars from the UK, the USA, Chile, France, Hungary and the Netherlands systematically examine the social stratification of arts and culture. They evaluate the class-culture homology argument of Pierre Bourdieu and Herbert Gans- the individualisation arguments of Anthony Giddens, Ulrich Beck and Zygmunt Bauman- and the omnivore-univore argument of Richard Peterson. They also demonstrate that, consistent with Max Webers class-status distinction, cultural consumption, as a key element of lifestyle, is stratified primarily on the basis of social status rather than by social class.