A Middle-Brow Art
written by Pierre Bourdieu
Stanford University Press | ISBN 9780804726894
Paperback – 232 pages
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The everyday practice of photography by millions of amateur photographers may seem to be a spontaneous and highly personal activity. But France’s leading sociologist and cultural theorist shows that few cultural activities are more structured and systematic than photography.
“The book contains several elements by Bourdieu: an analysis of the role of photography in the family life of peasants and small-town and urban dwellers, and an exploration of the ‘social definition of photography,’ including a brief essay on how different classes and groups express their aesthetic worldview in response to different photographs and photographic styles. Additional chapters by Bourdieu’s colleagues explore the sociology of the camera club, photographic practice and the fine arts, and the nature of photography as an occupation. . . . Sociologists interested in culture will learn a great deal about the operation of a peculiar and pervasive symbolic system from this book. Bourdieu’s writing (as that of his colleagues) is intricate, complex, and intellectually rewarding.”