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Taste, Consumption, Fashion Exam

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Taste, Consumption, Fashion Exam SOC-S 101

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Emily Miller
A Sociology of Taste and Consumption
Jacob Miller

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A Sociology of Taste and Consumption
Jacob Miller
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Date Created: 10/05/15
What is Sociology study of behavior why people behave that way shows differences of cultures between people displays human interaction Sociology looks at the interaction between individuals and society Taste discusses the way we appreciate food taste varies from people A preference for a certain cultural good or for a certain category of cultural goods usually is based on the basis of specific aesthetic criteria Consumption what you are taking in eating consuming through your 5 senses purchases Aethetic Of or related to the standards of beauty amp taste that people use and express in the evaluation of objects Definition of Situation The process of sensemaking required to determine how one should act and to predict how others may act Getting Information from People clothes facial expressions tone voice actions other s reaction to them location Dramaturgy A sociological perspective that looks at human interaction in terms of theatrical performance Impression Management The manipulation of cues to control and organize the impression we give to others Performances can either be sincere or cynical Dramaturgy Front Stage A region where ones performance is open to judgement Back Stage A region where actors can discuss polish or refine their performance without revealing themselves EX w people you know alone bathroom Idealization The tendency for performers to offer their observers an impression that is idealized in several different ways Social Mobility Approach When the idealized impression one presents to others is HIGHER than one s true position Downgrade Approach When the idealized impression one presents to others is LOWER than one s true position Week 3The Components of Consumption Social Structure Things that exist outside our control that exert a force on our lives Agency our actions and decisions in the world as individuals Food Dessert Areas of relative exclusion Where people experience physical amp economic barriers to access healthy foods Capital A factor of production that is not wanted for itself Different Forms of Capital Economic Social Cultural Human Symbolic Symbolic Capital The resources available to an individual on the basis of honor prestige or recognition Cultural Capital the type amp level of education level of education possessed by an individual There are 2 Types of Cultural Capital Embodied consciously acquired amp passively inherited properties of ones self Objectified objects that are owned and can be transmitted directly Week 4 Authenticity Sign Vehicle a gesture or objective that can communicate information to a person interpreting it De nition of the Situation Expressions given expressions that one gives in order to intentionally convey info Expressions given off behavior presumably exhibited for reasons other than conveying information Authenticity The degree to which something is true to its own character or essence despite external pressures Why do we Travel better place culture meeting people to get away do something fun food Sightseers are often motivated by a desire to see life as it is really lived Tourist is increasingly used as a derisive label who seems content with obviously inauthentic experiences Cultural Capital Signals such as education ways of speaking or taste in art that offer a person access to status and power Week 5 Bourdieu amp Cultural Capital previous theories saw cultural consumption as becoming increasingly dedifferentiated distinction marks a growing shift in focus to audience segmentation Ideology A set ideas amp beliefs thorough which people make sense of the social world ideologies are ALWAYS related to power with dominant ideologies reinforcing existing power relations Aesthetic Disposition The capacity to consider in and for themselves as form rather than function not only the works designated for such apprehension legitimate works of art A code necessary for interpreting amp understanding dominant forms of culture Symbolic Violence The culturalsocial domination occurring within the everyday social habits maintained over conscious subjects Legitmate Works of Art Accepted paintings scu1pture c1assica1 music 1iterature Has changing definitions Education amp Disposition Cu1tura1 capital lies not simply in what individual consume but in how they consume Week 6 Cognitive Complexity 4 Components of Information Processing 1 Individuals are rewarded by varied experience 2 Information can be arranged according to complexity 3 High culture is a source of complex information 4 Individuals have different capacities to deal with information 3 Factors Determining Cultural Capacties 1 Persons have different innate or early trained general skills in processing info 2 Persons have different knowledge of and acquaintance with a cultural eld amp accordingly a different level of understanding of the information 3 A personality characteristic extraversion gives a person a general higher preference for complex information and stimulates his or her cultural activity How do we define cognitive complexity The number and sophistication of cognitive structures that an individual possesses it therefore is based not on the content Differentiation The of independent dimensions the individual can use in evaluating objects in a particular domain ArticulationThe of discrete categories the individual can use in evaluating objects in a particular domain Integration The ability to link evaluative dimensions together where appropriate


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