"O amor por": Modos de engajamento e trabalho do self

Translated title of the contribution: The 'love for': A repertoire of modes of engagement and the work of the self

Claudio E. Benzecry*

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Abstract

Sociologists have looked at how the participation in the world of high culture correlates with strategies to attain upward mobility, or attempts to solidify group bonds among those who share other circles of affiliation. In all of these positions high culture consumption is subordinated to a more encompassing series of social phenomena and presented as a resource to be exchanged for or converted into a different kind of capital: either symbolic, social or economic. In this paper, based on intensive fieldwork and archival research among operatic fanatics in Buenos Aires, instead of looking at the relationship between social affiliation and aesthetic proclivities I look at how these cultural practices are forms of social affiliation in themselves. By taking the metaphor 'the love for' literally, I use it as a template to produce a typology for practices of intense attachment, explaining how each of the types can be attributed to a specific kind of work on the self produced by the 'love for' something.

Translated title of the contributionThe 'love for': A repertoire of modes of engagement and the work of the self
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)165-206
Number of pages42
JournalTempo Social
Volume26
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Aesthetic proclivities
  • Attachment
  • Cultural capital
  • High culture
  • Social forms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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