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Thomas Osborne

ethical. One’s capacity for distinction is built up through the habitus . It becomes a sort of second nature. But distinction is also a kind of commentary upon the world. It is to impose values upon the world of a certain kind. Even if one just looks at the diagrams and photographs, Distinction appears to be about topics such as how the working classes like to eat starchy food and what middle-class people eat for breakfast. But really it is about the ethics of aesthetics. Or rather it is an anti-aesthetics. Bourdieu’s target, here as elsewhere, is the pure

in The structure of modern cultural theory