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Cultural sociology



Department: Sociology


"Besides being a commodity that has a commercial value, any cultural object is also a symbolic good, having a specifically cultural value.” (P. Bourdieu, “The markets for symbolic goods,” Poetics, 1985). This class provides an overview of classical and current research on cultural goods, showing how culture is produced, spread and consumed.


General outline
Producing culture: collaboration, creative work and artistic labor markets.
Producing value: intermediaries and cultural legitimacy
Consuming culture: social stratification of tastes; the omnivore thesis; cultural experiences.


Becker, Howard S. 1982. Art Worlds. Berkeley: University of California Press. 
Bourdieu, Pierre. 1979. La distinction. Critique sociale du jugement. Paris, Minuit.
Peterson, Richard A. 1997. “The Rise and Fall of Highbrow Snobbery as a Status Marker.” Poetics
Peterson, Richard A., and N. Anand. 2004. “The Production of Culture Perspective.” Annual Review of Sociology 30: 311–34