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Cultivating Differences : Symbolic Boundaries and the Making of Inequality - Michele Lamont

Cultivating Differences

Symbolic Boundaries and the Making of Inequality

Paperback Published: 1st November 1992
ISBN: 9780226468143
Number Of Pages: 364

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How are boundaries created between groups in society? And what do these boundaries have to do with social inequality?
In this pioneering collection of original essays, a group of leading scholars helps set the agenda for the sociology of culture by exploring the factors that push us to segregate and integrate and the institutional arrangements that shape classification systems. Each examines the power of culture to shape our everyday lives as clearly as does economics, and studies the dimensions along which boundaries are frequently drawn.
The essays cover four topic areas: the institutionalization of cultural categories, from morality to popular culture; the exclusionary effects of high culture, from musical tastes to the role of art museums; the role of ethnicity and gender in shaping symbolic boundaries; and the role of democracy in creating inclusion and exclusion.
The contributors are Jeffrey Alexander, Nicola Beisel, Randall Collins, Diana Crane, Paul DiMaggio, Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, Joseph Gusfield, John R. Hall, David Halle, Richard A. Peterson, Albert Simkus, Alan Wolfe, and Vera Zolberg.

Introduction
The Institutionalization of Cultural Categories
Cultural Boundaries and Structural Change: The Extension of the High Culture Model to Theater, Opera, and the Dance, 1900-1940
High Culture versus Popular Culture Revisited: A Reconceptualization of Recorded Cultures
Nature's Body and the Metaphors of Food
Constructing a Shifting Moral Boundary: Literature and Obscenity in Nineteenth-Century America
High Culture and Exclusion
The Audience for Abstract Art: Class, Culture, and Power
How Musical Tastes Mark Occupational Status Groups
Barrier or Leveler? The Case of the Art Museum
Resources for Boundary Work: The Case of Gender and Ethnicity
Women and the Production of Status Cultures
Tinkerbells and Pinups: The Construction and Reconstruction of Gender Boundaries at Work
The Capital(s) of Cultures: A Nonholistic Approach to Status Situations, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity
Exclusion of the Polity
Citizen and Enemy as Symbolic Classification: On the Polarizing Discourse of Civil Society
Democracy versus Sociology: Boundaries and Their Political Consequences
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ISBN: 9780226468143
ISBN-10: 0226468143
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 1st November 1992
Publisher: UNIV OF CHICAGO PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.17 x 15.44  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 2

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