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.
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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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Youth theatre, Cultural capital, Bourdieu|
|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:||22 Jun 2011 22:35|
|Last Modified:||10 Aug 2011 14:01|
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