A book of extraordinary intelligence. (Irving Louis Horowitz Commonweal)
One of the more distinguished contributions to social theory and research in recent years...There is in this book an account of culture, and a methodology of its study, rich in implication for a diversity of fields of social research. The work in some ways redefines the whole scope of cultural studies. (Anthony Giddens Partisan Review)
Bourdieu's analysis transcends the usual analysis of conspicuous consumption in two ways: by showing that specific judgments and chokes matter less than an esthetic outlook in general and by showing, moreover, that the acquisition of an esthetic outlook not only advertises upper-class prestige but helps to keep the lower orders in line. In other words, the esthetic world view serves as an instrument of domination. It serves the interests not merely of status but of power. It does this, according to Bourdieu, by emphasizing individuality, rivalry, and 'distinction' and by devaluing the well-being of society as a whole. (Christopher Lasch Vogue)
Pierre Bourdieu (1930–2002) was one of France’s leading sociologists. Champion of the anti-globalization movement, his work spanned a broad range of subjects, from ethnography to art, and education to television.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
There's really no point to review the contents of this book. There's volumes of research dedicated to praise and critiques of Distinction already. Read morePublished on March 14 2013 by Rebecca
Pierre Bourdieu is a tremendous intellect, and has produced far superior work to this book. _Distinction_ is a fascinating book, particularly for those interested in French... Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2000 by Quickhappy
Pierre Bourdieu in the philosophe (probably more than the sociologue) of determinism. According to him all our acts are led by social pressures. Read morePublished on May 10 2000 by Mathieu Collenot
This book contains a really interesting theory about the way that groups of people make different choices because of their position relative to other groups. Read morePublished on April 10 2000 by M. Brown