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EVENT CANCELLED - French Goverment Funded Event

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BERNARD LAHIRE , Professeur de Sociologie, Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon


AGNES VAN ZANTEN ,Senior Research Professor, Sciences Po/CNRS


2.15-2.30pm – Welcome and Introduction

2.30-3.30pm – Bernard Lahire

Cultural Dissonances and Multiple Socialization: Revisiting Bourdieu

Abstract: By considering cultural practices and preferences from the viewpoint of an intra-individual variation of behaviours, we obtain a picture of the social world free of the cultural caricature of social groups, in which individual singularities are present. Most importantly, what then appears is the fact that the boundary between ³cultural legitimacy² and ³cultural illegitimacy² separates not only the different social classes but also the different cultural practices and preferences of the same individuals in all classes. Without questioning the existence of social inequalities as regards the most legitimate cultural forms, this perspective on knowledge enables us to show the high statistical frequency of individual cultural profiles composed of heterogeneous or dissonant elements. After considering the socio-historical conditions of production of heterogeneous cultural profiles, we can see how these different cultural dissonances influence the interpretation of the social functions of culture, and highlight the interest of the hypothesis in terms of which each individual can be defined as a ³mix of genres².

3.30-4.00pm – Question time

4.00-4.30pm – Tea break

4.30-5.30pm – Agnes Van Zanten

Dissonances, Boundaries and Social Closure: A Response to B. Lahire

Abstract: Changes in the cultural and social spheres have brought about higher levels of mix of cultural and social forms and, as a result, greater variation within social groups, as well as greater heterogeneity of individual tastes and practices. At the same time, the comparative analysis of social groups still shows not only considerable differences between them in terms of values, beliefs and resources but also active assertion and use of these differences, especially but not only by upper-class groups, to recreate social closure. Reconciling these two perspectives implies a comparative examination of cultural and social forms to distinguish those that appear to some extent at least “trans-class” from those that appear strongly “class-embedded” as well as of differences between classes and class fractions to distinguish “major” and “minor” boundaries between them.

5.30-6.00pm – Question time

6.00-6.30pm – Refreshments

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