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Les métamorphoses de la légitimité. Classes sociales et goût musical en France, 1973-2008

Abstract : The survey of the Ministry of Culture on the cultural practices of the French suggest that the social differentiation of musical tastes, which in the past used to be deeply structured by the opposition between “learned” and “popular” repertoires, could be today more dependent on a degree of diversification of preferences. Yet, this evolution is not so much the symptom of a “leveling” of tastes as the sign of a reconfiguration of the norm of cultural legitimacy. Eclecticism in one’s tastes appears to be largely the prerogative of the educated upper class, and the diversification of the musical consumption habits of groups who benefit from better social and cultural endowments is taking place within configurations in which legitimate genres still exist. Attitudes remain all the more strictly defined by the familiarity with learned repertoires when the endowment in educational capital is combined with social origins in the middle or upper classes rather than in the lower-middle class. These transformations therefore modify the nature of the relationships of symbolic domination that characterize the field of musical tastes without necessarily attenuating their power.
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Philippe Coulangeon. Les métamorphoses de la légitimité. Classes sociales et goût musical en France, 1973-2008. Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, Editions du Seuil, 2010, pp.88 - 105. ⟨hal-01955785⟩



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