Art vs. Sports?

Special Report: The Social Differentiation of Children
The Cultural Socialization of Children from Privileged Backgrounds
By Christine Mennesson, Samuel Julhe

This paper analyzes the transmission of the leisure associative activities in various family configurations, from about twenty family portraits of children aged five to eleven. Indeed, even if well-rounded individuals are more frequent in better-off classes, the members of these classes do not necessarily share the same inclination for eclecticism. Based on Bourdieu’s division of the work of domination, this research distinguishes between lower middle class intellectual families and the families of private sector executives. The former are characterized by investment in recognized cultural practices, and less in sports, while the latter invest more in sports, which better reflect their professional values.

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