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Youth theatre and the articulation of cultural capital : refocusing Bourdieu through ethnography

Adkins, Barbara A. & Emmison, Michael (1992) Youth theatre and the articulation of cultural capital : refocusing Bourdieu through ethnography. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 21(3), pp. 307-342.

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Abstract

This study of working-class and middle-class youth theatre workshops examines the processes through which this cultural form is appropriated by different class groups. Whereas the middle-class workshop proceeded efficiently and harmoniously, the working-class group resisted a number of institutional constraints traditionally associated with play rehearsal and performance. The processes of such symbolic struggle in the working-class group appeared to differ from Bourdieu's account of cultural domination. The article explores the explanatory contribution of the ethnographic case study to the analysis of the class basis of cultural tastes and practices and suggest that Bourdieu's account of class relations would gain from inclusion of this level of analysis. The situated study of the youth theatre workshops suggests that at this level, there is possibly more scope for symbolic struggle between the classes than was found by Bourdieu.

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ID Code: 42055
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Youth theatre, Cultural capital, Bourdieu
DOI: 10.1177/089124192021003002
ISSN: 1552-5414
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1992 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 23 Jun 2011 08:35
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 00:01

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