Milica Resanovic

DOI Number
First page
Last page


This paper is devoted to the analysis of the relationship between social stratification and musical taste in present-day Serbia. Following a discussion about Bourdieu’s conceptualization of taste and contemporary theoretical approaches that rehabilitate Bourdieusian heritage, the presence of homology between social positions and musical tastes is tested in Serbian society. On the basis of collected qualitative material via interview, the author examines whether music serves as a symbolic mean that is used by the interviewees to place themselves in certain social groups by drawing symbolic boundaries between them and other social groups that are associated with other musical tastes. The analysis showed that there are differences in musical tastes among respondents based on their position on the stratification scale, manifested in choices and ways of listening to music, as well as that mechanisms of classification are hidden in speech about musical tastes.


musical taste, symbolic boundaries, distinctions, cultural practices, social inequality

Full Text:

PDF (Cрпски)


Alexander, J. (1995). Fin de siècle social theory: relativism, reduction, and the problem of reason. London: Verso

Adams, M. (2006). Hybridizing Habitus and Reflexivity:. Towards an Understanding of Contemporary Identity? Sociology, 40(3), 511-28.

Atkinson, W. (2011). The context and genesis of musical tastes, Omnivorousness debunked,

Bourdieu buttressed. Poetics, 39 (3), 169-186.

Bellavance, G, (2008). Where's high? Who's low? What's new? Classification and stratification inside cultural “Repertoires”. Poetics, 36 (2-3), 189–216.

Bennett, T, et al. (2009). Culture, Class, Distinction. London: Routledge

Бурдије, П. (1999). Нацрт за једну теорију праксе [Outline of a Theory of Practice]. Београд: Завод за уџбенике и наставна средства.

Bourdieu, P., Johnson. R. (1993). The Field of Cultural Production: Essays on Art and Literature. New York: Columbia UP.

Бурдије, П. (2005). Хабитус и простор стилова живота [The Habitus and the Space of Lifestyles]. Kултура, 109–112 (1), 131–170.

Бурдије, П. (2013). Дистинкција: друштвена критика суда [Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste]. Подгорица: ЦИД.

Бурдије, П., Пасерон, Ж.К. (2014). Репродукција – елементи за једну теорију образовног система. Београд: Фабрика књига

Brubaker, R. (1985). Rethinking Classical Theory: The Sociological Vision of Pierre Bourdieu. Theory and Society, 14 (6), 745-775

Bryson, B. (1996). "Anything But Heavy Metal": Symbolic Exclusion and Musical Dislikes. American Sociological Review, 61 (5), 884-899.

Цветичанин, П. (2007). Kултурне потребе, навике и укус грађана Србије и Македоније [Cultural Needs, habits and Taste of Citizens of Serbia and Macedonia]. Ниш: Одбор за грађанску иницијативу.

Цветичанин, П., Миланков, М. (2011). Културне праксе грађана Србије. Београд, Завод за проучавање културног развитка.

Dimaggio, P., Useem, M. (1978). Social Class and Arts Consumption. Theory and Society, 5 (2), 141-61.

Eijck, K. V., Knulst, W. (2005). No More Need for Snobbism: Highbrow Cultural Participation in a Taste Democracy. European Sociological Review, 21 (5), 513-528.

Featherstone, M. (1991). Consumer Culture and Postmodernism. London: Sage Publications.

Филиповић, Б. (2014). Бурдијеово схватање настанка и динамике поља уметности [Bourdieu's understanding of genesis and dynamics of the art field]. Теме – Часопис за друштвене науке, 38 (3), 1019–1036.

Фиск, Џ. (2001). Популарна култура. Београд: Клио.

Fleetwood, S. (2008). Structure, institution, agency, habit, and reflexive deliberation. Journal of Institutional Economics, 4(2), 183–203.

Fowler, B. (1997). Pierre Bourdieu and Cultural Theory: Critical Investigations (Theory, Culture & Society). London: Sage Publications.

Friedman, S., et al. (2015). Cultural Sociology and New Forms of Distinction. Poetics, 53 (1), 1-8.

Giddens, A. (1991). Modernity and Self-identity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age. Cambridge: Polity.

Holt, D. (1998). Does Cultural Capital Structure American Consumption? Journal of Consumer Research, 25(1), 1-25.

Хол, С. (2008). Белешке о деконструисању „популарног”, у Ђорђевић, Ј. (ур.). Студије културе. Београд: Службени гласник.

Jarness, V. (2015). Modes of consumption: From ‘what’ to ‘how’ in cultural stratification research. Poetics, 53(1), 65-79.

Jenkins, R. (1992). Key Sociologist: Pierre Bourdieu. London/New York: Routledge.

Крстић, Н. 2014. Симболичке границе – значај културних фактора у формирању, одржавању и мењању социјалних разлика и сукоба [Symbolical boundaries – importance of cultural factor in formation, reproduction and change of social differences and conflicts]. Култура, 143, 273–296.

Lahire, B. (2008). The Individual and the Mixing of Genres: Cultural Dissonance and Self-distinction. Poetics, 36 (2-3), 166-88.

Lamont, M. (1992). Money, Morals, and Manners The Culture of the French and the American Upper-Middle Class. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Lizardo, O. (2008). The Question of Culture Consumption and Stratification Revisited. Sociologica, 2, 1-32.

Lizardo, O., Skiles, S. (2015). Musical taste and patterns of symbolic exclusion in the United States 1993–2012: Generational dynamics of differentiation and continuity. Poetics, 53(1), 9-21.

Lizardo, O. and Skiles, S. (2012). Reconceptualizing and theorizing “omnivorousness” genetic and relational mechanisms. Sociological Theory, 30 (4), 263–282.

Mouzelis, N. (2007). Habitus and Reflexivity: Restructuring Bourdieu's Theory of Practice. Sociological Research Online (доступно на:, приступљено 1. 12. 2018)

Павловић, В. (2006). „Бурдијеов концепт симболичке моћи и политичког капитала” у: Немањић, М., Спасић, И. Наслеђе Пјера Бурдијеа: поуке и надахнућа [The Legacy of Pierre Bourdieu: lessons and inspirations]. Београд: Институт за филозофију и друштвену теорију, 93–107.

Peterson, R., Simkus, A. (1992). „How Musical Tastes Mark Occupational Status Groups”, y: Lamont, M., Fournier, M. Cultivating Differences: Symbolic Boundaries and The Making of Inequalities, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press

Prior, N. (2011). Critique and Renewal in the Sociology of Music: Bourdieu and Beyond. Cultural Sociology, 5 (1), 121-38

Rimmer, M. (2012). Beyond Omnivores and Univores: The Promise of a Concept of Musical Habitus. Cultural Sociology, 6 (3), 299-318.

Ritchie, J., Lewis, J. (2003). Qualitative Research Practice: A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers. London: Sage Publications

Спасић, И. (2006). „Дистинкција на домаћи начин: дискурси статусног диференцирања у данашњој Србији” у: Немањић, М., Спасић, И. Наслеђе Пјера Бурдијеа: поуке и надахнућа [The Legacy of Pierre Bourdieu: lessons and inspirations]. Београд: Институт за филозофију и друштвену теорију, 137–171.

Спасић, И. (2004). Социологија свакодневног живота [Sociology of Everyday Life]. Београд: Завод за уџбенике и наставна средства

Спасић, И. (2013). Kултура на делу: Друштвена трансформација Србије из бурдијеовске перспективе [Culture at Work: Social Transformation of Serbia from the Bourdieusian Perspective]. Београд: Фабрика књига

Swartz, D. (1997). Culture and Power: The Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.



  • There are currently no refbacks.

© University of Niš, Serbia
Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND
Print ISSN: 0353-7919
Online ISSN: 1820-7804