Rethinking Social Distinction

Hardcover | September 27, 2013

byJean-pascal Daloz

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The analysis of social distinction cannot indefinitely remain confined to logics of reasoning that are markedly ethnocentric. To understand many manifestations, past and present, of superiority, we need to do more than just apply the allegedly ubiquitous schemes of Veblen or Bourdieu.
The time for abstract universalising grand theories is over. What is required instead is an inductive approach which starts from the realities of an ever more global field and aims at developing models of interpretation that are sensitive to the whole array of observable attitudes.

This book, which is a follow up to the critical enterprise initiated in The Sociology of Elite Distinction, provides new foundations for the comparative study of this important subject. It is a must-read for social scientists and beyond.

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The analysis of social distinction cannot indefinitely remain confined to logics of reasoning that are markedly ethnocentric. To understand many manifestations, past and present, of superiority, we need to do more than just apply the allegedly ubiquitous schemes of Veblen or Bourdieu. The time for abstract universalising grand theories...

Jean-Pascal Daloz is Research Professor at the University of Strasbourg, France, and President of the Research Committee on Comparative Sociology of the International Sociological Association. His publications include The Sociology of Elite Distinction, Africa Works and Culture Troubles. 

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.69 × 5.68 × 0.89 inPublished:September 27, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230300359

ISBN - 13:9780230300354

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Table of Contents

1.Introductory Chapter: From Sources of Dissatisfaction to Constructive Propositions

2.On Ostentation and Understatement
3.Exploring Socio-Political Aspects
4.Reference Models in the Eye of the Comparativist
5.From Symbolic Consistency to Synecdochic Strategies
6.Utilitarian Dimensions - Symbolic Dimensions
7.'Distinction through Taste' Revisited
8.Strategic or Unconscious Grounds?

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"An analytically brilliant, powerfully sustained exercise in comparative theorizing at the middle range. Daloz pushes the analysis of status distinction to a level it has never before achieved. Rethinking Social Distinction bristles with empirical insight and theoretical sophistication." - Jeffrey C. Alexander, Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology, Yale University, US   "By employing the inductive method, and through the judicious use of a wide-ranging number of examples, Professor Daloz explores all aspects of the phenomena of social distinction, without however falling into either the trap of ethnocentricism or reductionism. Indeed his careful and nuanced comparative approach to the study of distinction is an excellent antidote to the all-too-common universalistic models current in the field, and should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in the topic." - Colin Campbell, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of York, UK"Dealing with a quasi-universal topic, Daloz brilliantly uses comparatism across time and space, and across disciplinary and theoretical traditions. His remarkably informed analysis demonstrates how rigorous qualitative sociology can be. This is a most welcome contribution to those pioneering developments in some quarters of the French social sciences fortunately moving away from the normative perspectives of the previous decades."- Nathalie Heinich, CNRS Research Professor, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France