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by Pierre Bourdieu

First Published in 1986. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Download Distinction epub
ISBN: 0415045460
ISBN13: 978-0415045469
Category: Other
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Author: Pierre Bourdieu
Language: English
Publisher: Routledge; New edition (December 13, 1986)
Pages: 632 pages
ePUB size: 1293 kb
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Rating: 4.4
Votes: 691
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I had to read this for my theory class and was surprised at how interesting it turned out to be. I actually kept the book (!) although the bookstore was offering me $50 for it and if that doesn't tell you something about this work, I don't know what will. Bourdieu outlines some very interesting concepts and analyzes them in detail, concepts that I've used time and time again for literary analysis. Is it maybe an oversimplification of culture and how we behave? Sure. But we are social creatures, and this book beautifully argues for some of the extensive conditioning we've internalized, without being aware of it.
A brilliant book on Sociology. Must read for students of sociology around the globe.
I have not finished yet, but so far, so great!
What can I say? This is maybe the most important piece of social theory written in the last 40 years. A bit dense, but a great read, and a beautiful book.
Thoughtful and insightful exploration of the way the objects we surround ourselves both create structure and are in themselves structuring.
A heavy, thorough and important read.
This is a must-read for Canon Theory specialists. I used it in as a primary source in my doctoral dissertation in the field.
"Taste unites and separates."

Admit it. Discrimination exists, although it's not politically correct. Not so many prople talk about the topic publicly and directly. When something exist but not talked about, it becomes mystery in every day life.

"Taste classifies."

It is taste that classifies people. But taste itself has mysterious origin. Many people try so hard to 'upclass' and end up embarrassing themselves, because they don't know the real taste is from deep inside and takes long time to grow.

The power lies in the fact that you understand what induces the taste for specific preferences and how you can surround yourself with that kind of environment that will prune you into what you want to be.

It's been a long, difficult read. Be patient and focus, it is worth the effort.