The habitus and the space of life-styles

This chapter, from Bourdieu’s masterpiece, The Distinction focuses on the role of habitus in the reproduction of social hierarchy. Bourdieu suggests that the conditions of existence— understood here as different capital compositions—produce the habitus that delimits tastes. Taste in turn “classifies the classifier”, that is, positions people into more or less legitimate groups in the symbolic space. Th is way, social hierarchy is reproduced as a symbolic hierarchy, and becomes perceived as natural and legitimate.

Released: Replika 72, 49–94.
Ágoston Fáber