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The Routledge Companion to Bourdieu's 'Distinction'
Philippe Coulangeon & Julien Duval (Eds)
  • Photos Routlege & Thierry Ehrmann (Pierre Bourdieu Painted Portrait, CC BY)Photos Routlege & Thierry Ehrmann (Pierre Bourdieu Painted Portrait, CC BY)

The Routledge Companion to Bourdieu's 'Distinction', edited by Philippe Coulangeon and Julien Duval, Routledge, CRESC series, november 2014, 326 p., isbn 978-0-415-72727-3.

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.

L’ouvrage revient sur la genèse d’un des ouvrages phares de Pierre Bourdieu et sur les prolongements et controverses auxquelles il donne lieu en France et à l’étranger, dans le domaine de la sociologie de la culture et des styles de vie et dans l’étude de la stratification sociale et des rapports de classe. Les différents contributeurs de l’ouvrage insistent plus particulièrement sur la portée des concepts de champs et d’habitus et de leur opérationnalisation empirique au moyen de certaines des innovations méthodologiques mises en en œuvre dans La Distinction (l’analyse des correspondances multiples, en particulier).

Content

The genesis and career of Distinction
Elements for the history of a research: Constructing social space, from «anatomie du goût» to «Distinction» by Monique de Saint-Martin
The international career of "Distinction
The intellectual reception of Bourdieu in Australian social sciences and humanities

The legacy of Distinction in France
From « petit-bourgeois » to « petits-moyens », an invitation to explore short-range upward social mobility
Cultural intermediaries: reproduction strategies, resistance to social downgrading and self-fulfilment
Continuity and change: Cinematographic tastes in France
Culture at the individual level: Questioning the transferability of the habitus dispositions
Cultural distinction and material consumption

Variations on Distinction
The Swedish social space of 1990: Investigating its structure and history
Constructing social spaces: Scandinavian experiences
Cultural Distinctions in an Egalitarian Society
Bourdieu's space revisited: The social structuring of lifestyles in Flanders (Belgium)
A carnal critique of the judgment of taste: Corpulence, class bodies and symbolic violence 
The Australian space of lifestyles in comparative perspective 15. The space of cultural practices in Mexico
Emerging forms of cultural capital