Morality and Social Class

31Oct2017 18:00 - 20:00


Class sociologists often overstated the power of cultural and economic boundaries while neglecting the importance of moral ones. In order to clarify the role of morality within a larger process of establishing class boundaries, this lecture will discuss Bourdieu’s notions of habitus and social space in relation to Charles Taylors' description of the moral space and Mary Douglas’ classification of worldviews. I will also empirically describe how the configuration of the contemporary moral space is determined by the overall class structure.


Dr. Kobe De Keere is assistant professor in cultural sociology and a Veni Grant holder. He obtained a MA degree in philosophy from Ghent University and a MSc degree in sociology from the Free University of Brussels (VUB). In 2015 he received a PhD in social science from the Free University of Brussels. His dissertation research involved an analysis of the role of individualism, as a cultural discourse, within modern society with an emphasis on class conflict. His main research focus is on subjects such as symbolic and moral boundaries, cultural distinction and reproduction of class inequalities.

Location: Room 1.02
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113, 1098 XG Amsterdam
Convenor: Dr. Maxim Kupovykh


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