Choice Recommended Title, February 2010

Culture, Class, Distinction is major contribution to international debates regarding the role of cultural capital in relation to modern forms of inequality.  Drawing on a national study of the organisation of cultural practices in contemporary Britain, the authors review Bourdieu’s classic study of the relationships between culture and class in the light of subsequent debates. 

In doing so they re-appraise the relationships between class, gender and ethnicity, music, film, television, literary, and arts consumption, the organisation of sporting and culinary practices, and practices of bodily and self maintenance.  As the most comprehensive account to date of the varied interpretations of cultural capital that have been developed in the wake of Bourdieu’s work, Culture, Class, Distinction offers the first systematic assessment of the relationships between cultural practice and the social divisions of class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary Britain.

It is essential reading for anyone interested in the relationships between culture and society.

chapter |6 pages


part |2 pages

Part I Situating the analysis

part |2 pages

Part II Mapping tastes, practices and individuals

chapter 4|15 pages

Individuals in cultural maps

part |2 pages

Cultural fields and the organisation of cultural capital

chapter 5|19 pages

Tensions of the musical field

chapter 7|19 pages

A sociological canvas of visual art

chapter 9|18 pages

Cultural capital and the body

part |2 pages

Part IV The social dimensions of distinction

chapter 10|18 pages

Cultural formations of the middle classes

chapter 11|19 pages

Culture and the working class

chapter 12|20 pages

Gender and cultural capital

chapter 13|17 pages

Nation, ethnicity and globalisation

chapter 14|9 pages


chapter |19 pages

Methodological appendices

chapter |4 pages

Cast of characters