ODDS AND ENDS —
THE SOCIAL CRITIQUE OF TASTE
ON DISTINCTION (1979)
Pierre Bourdieu, who presented himself at that time as science itself, apparently thought that it was scientific to ridicule André Malraux in Distinction, A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste. This is how he presented The Voices of Silence: it “wraps up in the bric-a-brac of Spenglerian metaphysics a culture of odds and ends, phlegmatically associating the most contradictory intuitions', hasty borrowings from Schlosser and Worringer, rhetorically exalted platitudes, purely incantatory litanies of exotic names, and insights that are called brilliant because they are not even false” (p. 379). I would not apply all these judgments to Distinction, but one phrase does seem appropriate: odds and ends.
This fat volume purports to be a social criticism of taste, which is inevitably also a portrayal of social classes