Bourdieu on the Tastes of Social Classes (Part Two)

Apr 18, 2016, 12:00 PM

Continuing on Pierre Bourdieu's Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste (1979) with guest rock star Tim Quirk (from Too Much Joy).

We continue talking about Bourdieu's conclusions regarding his survey of musical tastes: People use their tastes to distinguish themselves, to assert their social superiority. Bourdieu thinks the Kantian, upper-class, art-for-art's-sake paradigm of taste (which includes not just the arts but philosophy and other activities, too!) precludes, for example, joining in a mosh pit or roaring stadium crowd, but are the Kantian and social types of artistic abandon really so distinct? Is losing yourself a matter of exerting your freedom or being dominated? Buy the book.

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End song: "When She Took Off Her Shirt" from Tim's band Wonderlick's Topless at the Arco Arena (2005).

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