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Tastes in Practice

Tuesday 15 July 2014, 9.15AM to 5.45pm


The Research Centre ECCE and the Sociology Department at the University of York are pleased to announce a one-day seminar on tastes at York. The seminar is jointly organised by the Stratification and Culture Research Network developed by Sam Friedman (City), Mike Savage (LSE), Andy Miles (Manchester) and Laurie Hanquinet (York) (

Presentation of the event

Understanding people’s tastes has proved to be one of the most difficult tasks for cultural sociologists. This seminar will investigate the meaning of tastes – lying between the social, the aesthetics and morality – and show why studying tastes matters in the understanding of social inequalities, social values and conventions. Why and how do people develop tastes for certain cultural objects and activities rather than others? How do people make sense out of them? What are the subtle and complex links between tastes on the one hand and social stratification and identities on the other? How can we explore tastes to understand their social relevance?


  • Antoine Hennion (MINES-ParisTech/CNRS)
  • Mike Savage (LSE)
  • Steph Lawler (Newcastle University)
  • Lisa Mckenzie (LSE)
  • Aaron Reeves (University of Oxford)
  • Stijn Daenekindt (Universiteit Gent)
  • Thomas Franssen (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
  • Sam Friedman (LSE)


This is available on the Eventbrite website

Downloadable Poster

tastes-in-practice poster (PDF  , 355kb)


Location: Research Centre for Social Sciences Training Room (YH/001b), 6 Innovation Close Heslington, The University of York, YORK YO10 5ZF

Admission: Free