Review: Rainer Diaz-Bone (2002). Kulturwelt, Diskurs und Lebensstil [Cultural World, Discourse and Life Style]

  • Johannes Angermüller Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
Keywords: discourse analysis, Foucault, Bourdieu, life style, popular music, cultural knowledge

Abstract

In his work on the discourse of popular music DIAZ-BONE opens BOURDIEU's theory of distinction to a discursive approach. Analyzing the discourse of German heavy metal and techno zines, the author demonstrates the usefulness of a theory of discourse based on the notion of difference and opposition for the sociology of culture. He criticizes BOURDIEU for his reductionist tendency and underlines the relative autonomy of discursive patterns for establishing a system of hierarchical cultural values. In his analysis DIAZ-BONE finds that the discourse about heavy metal music gives, amongst others, a prominent role to "authenticity" and "artisan solidity", whereas the discourse about techno DJs rather highlights technical innovation and cultural networking. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs040126

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Author Biography

Johannes Angermüller, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
Johannes ANGERMÜLLER ist Assistent für Soziologie an der Universität Magdeburg. Er hat 2003 in Diskursanalyse (Paris XII) und in Soziologie (Magdeburg) mit einer Doktorarbeit über französische Intellektuellendiskurse promoviert. Zu seinen Arbeitsschwerpunkten gehören Diskursanalyse, Sprach-, Medien- und Zeichentheorien, Intellektuellensoziologie, Transformation postsozialistischer Gesellschaften.
Published
2004-01-31
Section
Body / Culture / Identity