Social inequality in cultural lifestyles can be understood using cultural capital theory or status theory. Empirical studies cannot easily produce results that allow for a proper comparison of the merits of these theories. In addition, the central role of habitus in both theories is problematic from a theoretical perspective, as relations between habitus and observed behavior are not straightforward and much of cultural behavior is affected, if not shaped, by variable social contexts.

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