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Social class and highbrow lifestyle - a cross‐national analysis

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Gerhards, Jürgen; Hans, Silke; Mutz, Michael

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Corporate Editor Freie Universität Berlin, FB Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Institut für Soziologie Arbeitsbereich Makrosoziologie
Abstract "Above all, Pierre Bourdieu’s work has argued that there is a homology of social classes on the one hand and cultural consumption on the other. In contrast, theories of individualization posit that social class plays only a minor role in shaping lifestyle in contemporary societies. In this paper, using extensive survey data, we examine a) how much contemporary highbrow lifestyles are structured by class membership, b) the extent to which highbrow consumption varies according to the level of modernization of a society and c) whether the explanatory power of class status in relation to highbrow consumption decreases in more modernized countries. The findings show that highbrow lifestyles are strongly influenced by social class, and that highbrow consumption is more common in more modernized societies. Moreover, the findings confirm the suspicion that the formative power of social class on lifestyle decreases in highly modernized societies, albeit without disappearing completely." (author´s abstract)
Keywords social class; cultural behavior; life style; advanced civilization; social change; modernization; society; social stratum; cultural capital
Classification Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature; General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Method empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
City Berlin
Page/Pages 23 p.
Series Berliner Studien zur Soziologie Europas / Berlin Studies on the Sociology of Europe (BSSE), 24
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
data provider This metadata entry was indexed by the Special Subject Collection Social Sciences, USB Cologne