What’s at Stake in Taste?

Questions of taste have come to occupy a central place in today’s culture, yet the social theory of taste, while attracting wide interdisciplinary concern, is often gridlocked between old debates over agency and structure.  The Dialectic of Taste provides a new way of thinking about the role of aesthetics in consumer society by configuring taste as a kind of social mediation,  one that is increasingly exploited in an economy that turns on questions of taste. Understanding The Dialectic of Taste, also shows how consumer desires, even those entangled in the most mundane of commodities, can exceed the present political economy, to offer a potent collective critique.

This site aims to track the movements of this dialectic, while also highlighting writing and events that help to inform our understanding of the way taste mediates the social world.


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