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Where's high? Who's low? What's new? Classification and stratification inside cultural repertoires

Bellavance, Guy (2008). Where's high? Who's low? What's new? Classification and stratification inside cultural repertoires Poetics , vol. 36 , nº 2-3. p. 189-216. DOI: 10.1016/j.poetic.2008.02.003.

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This article uses a micro-qualitative approach to explore the apparent rise of eclecticism among the new upper middle class. It proposes an observation of six individual cases chosen from a Québec (Canada) sample made up of members of these higher categories of the status scale who are avid consumers of art and culture. This analysis of individual cultural repertoires, which takes into consideration the set of obvious items in relation to their uses – practical as well as symbolic – bears mainly on the principles of classification, hierarchical ordering and legitimation applied when dealing with the various components of repertoires. This leads to distinctions between different forms of cultural eclecticism on the basis of socio-professional domains and different meanings of these eclecticism practices at the level of the individual. It also leads to a test of the relevance of the high/low distinction on which most of the research on this topic has been based. Is this distinction the most useful one for evaluating the real degree of openness of people, and of their tastes? In this regard, we consider the role of the old/new distinction, which is rarely taken into account but which appears, on the ground, as an equally strong structuring and discriminating principle in the area of taste.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: répertoires culturels; classification
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 13 nov. 2020 15:53
Dernière modification: 13 nov. 2020 15:53
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/10126

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