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Background & Definitions
Pierre Bourdieu (1930 – 2002) was a French multi-disciplinary scholar and public intellectual. His work in the fields of sociology, anthropology, and philosophy gave empirical statistical modeling a role in the understanding of culture, particularly the acquisition of preferences and taste. His most well-known work, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste (1979) was the first large-scale use of quantitative methods and statistical modeling for the study of sociological class-based preferences and the method of preferences acquisition.
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