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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Keywords Consumption, Cultural capital, Cultural hierarchy, Habitus, Lifestyles, Omnivorousness, Social inequality, Social status
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.10431-3, hdl.handle.net/1765/105211
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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