9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN02 Sociology of the Arts

2009-09-04 13:30:00 2009-09-04 15:00:00 Friday, 4 September 13:30 - 15:00 Arts and Social Boundaries Building II, C6.08

Struggles on Symbolic Boundaries

The article "Struggles on Symbolic Boundaries" presents a summary of the results of the qualititative research within the study under the same name. The study deals with the interrelatedness of cultural and social inequalities in Serbia and the symbolic conflicts through which these relations are given shape. The article is based on 54 semi-structured interviews with respondents from six towns in Serbia (from the far north to the far south of the country) sampled according to occupation/education, gender and age. Albeit conceived of within the Bourdieusian theoretical framework, the research deals in particular with what Bourdieu has referred to (in "Distinction") as secondary stratifying factors (and what the research of authors such as B. Skeggs, F.Anthias and H.Bradley is grounded in). Considering the specificities of Serbian society, the core of the article presents a report from the four symbolic battlefields on which cultural wars in Serbia are waged: the educated vs. the uneducated; urban groups vs. recently urbanized and rural groups; residents of the "European" North of the country vs. residents of the "Oriental" South of the country; and "cosmopolitans" vs. "patriots".