This is the first comprehensive description of Pierre Bourdieu's theory of culture and habitus. Within the wider intellectual context of Bourdieu's work, this book provides a systematic reading of his assessment of the role of `cultural capital' in the production and consumption of symbolic goods. Bridget Fowler outlines the key critical debates that inform Bourdieu's work. She introduces his recent treatment of the rules of art, explains the importance of his concept of capital - economic and social, symbolic and cultural - and defines such key terms as habitus, practice and strategy, legitimate culture, popular art and distinction. The book focuses particularly on Bourdieu's account of the nature of capit
Chapter 5: Bourdieu and Modern Art: The Case of Impressionism
Bourdieu and Modern Art: The Case of Impressionism
There are several reasons why a study of Bourdieu's cultural theory should assess his work on Impressionism. First, it is clear that Bourdieu deploys this example to develop a sociological explanation of the birth of the autonomous artist analogous to the earlier birth of the capitalist entrepreneur. Bourdieu explains the free art of modernism by revealing structures and perceptions which derive from both the field of power and the field of culture. He explores especially the key moment in the nineteenth century when deskilling or the increasingly fragmented division of labour highlighted the ‘hyper-skilling’ of the artist. This was also the moment for the vindication of the rights of genius, to ...