Elites highlight ordinary pursuits in public profiles

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The way in which the British elite signal their interests is changing, according to a new paper from DSPI's Dr Aaron Reeves and Dr Sam Friedman from LSE. 'From Aristocratic to Ordinary: Shifting Modes of Elite Distinction', published online with the American Sociological Review last week, uses 120 years of recreation data from Who's Who. It reveals a fascinating change in the contents of elite culture, and also in the nature of elite distinction. The authors found an emergence of a contemporary mode that publicly emphasizes everyday cultural practice (to accentuate ordinariness, authenticity, and cultural connection) while retaining many tastes that continue to be (mis)recognized as legitimate.

You can read more about the article in this piece on the LSE site.