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.

Consumption, Cultural capital, Cultural hierarchy, Habitus, Lifestyles, Omnivorousness, Social inequality, Social status,
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van Eijck, C.J.M. (2015). Social Inequality in Cultural Consumption Patterns. In International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition (pp. 331–337). doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.10431-3