Habitus and Hierarchy

November 23, 2008 at 10:57 pm (08_260_fa Visual Literacy, Virtual Idea Notebook)

Habitus is the separation of different things in life that are grouped together to make a certain classification. The idea that Bourdieu discusses about the different fields in the art world is how he explains habitus. The different choices made by individuals result in what they end up doing, whether that be what schools one ends up going to or how much money they have, or even the neighborhood they grow up in. All of these different factors play into what makes ones ending result become. I have included a picture of books and a graduation hat to represent one of the many decisions one has to make that leads to their end result.

            Hierarchy is defined as the classification of a group of people according to ability or to economic, social, or professional standing (Merriam-Webster). Paul Rand discusses the impact that different social classes have in the art world. There is a division made between cultures. Recently there has been a cross between the two categories of high and low culture that is quite different than it has been before. People from both sides of the spectrum are coming together through the art world. I have included an image of a group of diverse people to represent the coming together of different classes.

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