Quelle distinction?

A recent article in the Guardian by Associated Press writer Elaine Ganley comments on plans for a McCafé to be added to the Carrousel du Louvre food court of the world’s most visited museum. What would Bourdieu have made of this?

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2 Responses to Quelle distinction?

  1. Giovanni Tiso November 10, 2009 at 2:31 am #

    Not sure what Bourdieu would think. Do you have a position? It seems to me that a McDonald’s would be in many ways consistent with the ideology of the Louvre, with its swift consumption approach to its artworks and its history of appropriation and rapacity.
    I feel a powerful counter-cringe at times like this, as I did when Hone Harawira lost the sympathy of every single white liberal in New Zealand by daring to admit that he owed what he knew about the Louvre to Dan Brown. The McDonald’s executive in the Guardian claims that the French see the enterprise as one of their own, which is doubtful. But on the other hand I’d say it’s no less French than Phydias or Michelangelo.

  2. Patrick Laviolette November 19, 2009 at 6:45 pm #

    hmm… I prefer to defer such critiques of judgement to Bourdieu really. And I think it’s fair to assume that his position would be, with an added flair of subtlety, that this reflects a certain flattening out of the French class system. I’m completely sympathetic with you pointing out some of the ideological homologies between such institutions but I’m not quite sure if that answers the ‘why now?’ factor of the debate.

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