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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

The Popular and the Middlebrow
The popular and the middlebrow

My aim in this chapter is to reassess the economy of symbolic goods. I shall be concerned especially with the division between the fields of restricted and expanded cultural production, or, in other words, between fine art and the culture industry. The fundamental opposition in the cultural field for Bourdieu stems from creators’ social relations with their readers or patrons, that is, in Valéry's terms, between an art which is created by its public and art which creates its own public (1966b: 874). I shall develop further my view that in his work of unmasking ideologies of art Bourdieu has left unquestioned certain social classifications. These classifications or representations have as their stake the fundamental questions ...

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