Class, culture and concerts

Peter J. Martin

in Music and the Sociological Gaze

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780719072161
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701492 | DOI:
Class, culture and concerts

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For Bourdieu, there is a close relationship — important to his theory of cultural transmission — between musical taste and a person's position in the socio-economic hierarchy, and it has been argued that this is because styles of music symbolically represent class values. However, this chapter suggests that empirical evidence provides little support for the assumption of a tight class-music nexus. At best, the relationship is much ‘looser’ than is often supposed. The discussion proposes that studies of the ways in which music is used and defined by social groups offer a better way of understanding it than the assumption of a ‘homology’ between them.

Keywords: class-music nexus; music; Bourdieu; cultural transmission; musical taste; social groups; class values; socio-economic hierarchy

Chapter.  10745 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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