Saturday, September 01, 2012

A hierarchy of tastes: the US, 1949

Long before Bourdieu published his essential book Distinctions, Life magazine, in 1949, published this chart, of High-Brow, Upper Middle-Brow, Lower Middle-Brow and Lowbrow tastes. I found it courtesy the blog of Kieran Healey.

Drinks: High = 'adequate little' red wine. Upper Middle = v. dry martini w/ lemon peel. Lower Middle = bourbon & ginger ale. Lower = beer.

And so on.

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