chapter  6
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Culture, status and distinction

People compete about culture and they compete with it. The very definition of what can legitimately be called culture-with a capital ‘C’—is one of the sharpest bones of contention: is a pile of bricks Art, or is it a pile of bricks? Answer: it’s Art when it’s in an art gallery (or is it?). Here it is the boundaries of the field-the authority to define them and their substantive content-which are at stake.