Week Eight: Music & Taste
Bourdieu believes taste is something that is acquired through habitus. Habitus is our taste or liking of music, food, art, fashion, etc. based on our class, education or profession. He feels that lower and upper class people both use their cultural capital (knowledge of the culture or references) or social capital (personal connections and influence) to discriminate against other classes. Some examples that are relavent today would include hip hop and fine art for lower class and upper class, respectively.
Carl Wilson agrees but to an extent. He brings up the example that if one becomes a bank manager, it doesn’t mean that they’re going to like all that “high-brow” type of taste. Wilson also brings up distinction, in which people try to separate themselves from certain cliques. For example, if a nerd wanted to become cool, he might want to start listening to music cool people listen to while hating music nerds like. I tend to agree with Wilson more because I don’t think habitus has as much control as Bourdieu theorized it does.
Most of Celine Dion’s fans are older, middle-aged women that are typically classified as “soccer moms”. This has a huge effect on Dion’s perceived coolness. Coolness is usually defined by the younger generation and almost nobody wants to have the same taste as their mother. That is the biggest reason Dion’s coolness takes a monumental hit.