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Understanding Cultural Taste: Sensation, Skill and Sensibility Hardcover – 29 Jul 2015

ISBN-13: 978-1137447067 ISBN-10: 1137447060 Edition: 1st ed. 2015

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  • Hardcover: 198 pages
  • Publisher: AIAA; 1st ed. 2015 edition (29 July 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137447060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137447067
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 1.8 x 21.8 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 717 g
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"This is a great book. David Wright explores and questions the assumptions which shape much social scientific discussion of taste, and then transcends them. He reflects upon the context of social scientific engagement with taste, and then both considers how that context is changing and what we need to do to keep up. The result is a fascinating book which should be essential reading for anybody thinking about or researching taste." - Nick Crossley, University of Manchester, UK

"In this highly engaging book, David Wright offers a wealth of informed and decidedly contemporary insights into the state of play in debates about cultural taste and its social significance. While the book's merits are numerous, especially impressive is the way it manages to tease out the contingencies and complexities of attempts to understand and interpret taste in the twenty-first century, while at the same time providing a compelling account of why and how taste remains a matter of enduring concern for questions about struggle, power and inequality." - Mark Rimmer, University of East Anglia, UK

"This book is a compelling invitation to think critically about taste, from the implications of linking literacy to citizenship, to the repercussions of Amazon's predictive algorithms. Wright provides an utterly absorbing account of the infrastructure behind the making, measuring and mobilizing of tastes. His masterful overview spans early modernity to the age of Big Data, and places the reader at the cutting edge of debates about taste and why it matters, perhaps more than ever, in a culture of abundance." - Jennifer Smith Maguire, University of Leicester, UK

About the Author

David Wright teaches in the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick, UK and has interests in popular culture, cultural work and the politics of cultural participation. He was a Research Fellow at CRESC, based at the Open University, and a co-author of Culture, Class, Distinction (2009).

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