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 7: Bourdieu, the Popular and the Periphery
In this chapter, I want to situate further Bourdieu's view of the aesthetic of popular art. I shall argue that he has depended on a contrast between the popular and the cultivated which is rooted in his anthropological studies of Algeria and especially in his fine-meshed investigations of the peasant ethos, a perspective he also explored in the French rural context in Photography (1990c). But what is missing from all his work is a detailed feel for the nature of popular culture within urban modernity. I shall proffer some preliminary studies of writing which remedy this deficiency. These will differ in time and space, but they are attempts to explore the ‘mysteries of the ...