1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Bourdieu's 'Distinction'

Edited By Philippe Coulangeon, Julien Duval Copyright 2015
    344 Pages
    by Routledge

    344 Pages 63 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited collection explores the genesis of Bourdieu's classical book Distinction and its international career in contemporary Social Sciences. It includes contributions from contemporary sociologists from diverse countries who question the theoretical legacy of this book in various fields and national contexts. Invited authors review and exemplify current controversies concerning the theses promoted in Distinction in the sociology of culture, lifestyles, social classes and stratification, with a specific attention dedicated to the emerging forms of cultural capital and the logics of distinction that occur in relation to material consumption or bodily practices. They also empirically illustrate the theoretical contribution of Distinction in relation with such notions as field or habitus, which fruitfulness is emphasized in relation with some methodological innovations of the book. In this respect, a special focus is put on the emerging stream of "distinction studies" and on the opportunities offered by the geometrical data analysis of social spaces.

    Introduction: From Distinction to distinction studies  Part 1: The genesis and career of Distinction  1. Elements for the history of a research: Constructing social space, from «anatomie du goût» to «Distinction» by Monique de Saint-Martin  2. The international career of "Distinction"  3. The intellectual reception of Bourdieu in Australian social sciences and humanities  Part 2: The legacy of Distinction in France  4. From « petit-bourgeois » to « petits-moyens », an invitation to explore short-range upward social mobility  5. Cultural intermediaries: reproduction strategies, resistance to social downgrading and self-fulfilment  6. Continuity and change: Cinematographic tastes in France  7. Culture at the individual level: Questioning the transferability of the habitus dispositions  8. Cultural distinction and material consumption  Part 3: Variations on Distinction  9. The Swedish social space of 1990: Investigating its structure and history  10. Constructing social spaces: Scandinavian experiences  11. Cultural Distinctions in an Egalitarian Society  12. Bourdieu's space revisited: The social structuring of lifestyles in Flanders (Belgium)  13. A carnal critique of the judgment of taste: Corpulence, class bodies and symbolic violence  14. The Australian space of lifestyles in comparative perspective  15. The space of cultural practices in Mexico  16. Emerging forms of cultural capital


    Philippe Coulangeon is senior researcher at the CNRS. His areas of interest include sociology of culture, lifestyles and consumption, social stratification and class relations. He has published several papers and books in French and English, mainly about change and continuity in cultural inequalities

    Julien Duval is junior researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), where he is a member of the European Center for Sociology and Political Science, Paris. His publications in French deal with economic journalism, cinema, Welfare state and correspondence analysis. He has published in English "Economic journalism in France" in Rodney Benson and Erik Neveu (eds), Bourdieu and the Journalistic Field, Cambridge, Polity, 2005 and "A Heuristic Tool", in Mathieu Hilgers and Eric Mangez (eds), Bourdieu’s Theory of Social Field, London, Routlege, 2014