Bourdieu, the boom and cashed-up bogans

Pini, Barbara and Previte, Josephine (2013) Bourdieu, the boom and cashed-up bogans. Journal of Sociology, 49 2-3: 256-271. doi:10.1177/1440783313481742

Author Pini, Barbara
Previte, Josephine
Title Bourdieu, the boom and cashed-up bogans
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-7833
Publication date 2013-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1440783313481742
Volume 49
Issue 2-3
Start page 256
End page 271
Total pages 16
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
For a number of years the social and cultural landscape of Australia has been haunted by the figure of ‘the Bogan’, which, although malleable, has typically been deployed as a negative descriptor of the white working-class poor. The nation’s most recent resource boom has, however, seen the emergence of a new classed figure that of the ‘CUB’ (cashed-up Bogan). In examining the figure of the CUB, this article draws on Bourdieu’s notions of capital, distinction and taste in light of Skeggs’ claim that Bourdieu may not be as useful in the Australian context. Her point of departure is that class involves more a ‘display of money rather than the display of culture’. We demonstrate the importance of cultural capital in defining and disparaging the CUB and in asserting the legitimacy of elite cultural dispositions, while pointing to the emergence of spiritual capital and environmental capital as part of this process.
Keyword Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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