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Social Classes and Culture: The Tastes of Others

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 19:00

Manufacturer Castella wants to experience something different. With considerable financial means and few cultural preconditions, he flees his wife Angélique’s love of animals and country lifestyle into the world of the theater and painting. His encounter with the actress Clara becomes a struggle for dominance in matters of taste. Motivated by amorous curiosity and a disdain of each other’s tastes, the characters attempt to assert their own power and connoisseurship. Agnès Jaoui’s debut film Le Goût des autres (English title: The Taste of Others) is a confrontational illustration of the strict connections between the symbolic power of legitimated culture(s) and social class, in line with the thesis of Pierre Bourdieu’s Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste. The extent to which class-based taste determines cultural consumption to this day can still be fiercely debated some forty years after the publication of Bourdieu’s book, and will be discussed on March 13 in the mumok cinema. Who would like to watch a French film with English subtitles at an evening screening in a museum—do you want to experience something different?


Introduction by Barbara Rothmüller
Agnès Jaoui, Le Goût des autres, 2000, 112 min, original version with English subtitles

Dr. Barbara Rothmüller is a sociologist in Vienna and the spokesperson of the educational sociology section at the Austrian Society for Sociology. Research interests: Pierre Bourdieu, social inequalities and discrimination, educational reforms.

In cooperation with the educational sociology section at the Austrian Society for Sociology and the conference 40 Jahre „Die feinen Unterschiede“. Zur Aktualität von Pierre Bourdieus Gesellschaftstheorie in der kultursoziologischen Ungleichheitsforschung, 13. bis 15. März 2019, March 13–15, 2019, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Conference organization: Carina Altreiter, Jens Kastner, Michael Parzer, Rosa Reitsamer, Barbara Rothmüller
Institute for the Sociology of Music, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Institute for Art and Cultural Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Department of Sociology, University of Vienna
Section “Social Inequality” at the Austrian Society for Sociology

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