Class and Legitimacy

A key strand of my research draws on Bourdieu's work to examine how class differences are crucial to understanding how some lifestyles are represented as legitimate and others are rendered illegitimate. My research in this area has focused on representations of both middle and working class tastes and practices in lifestyle television.
Selected publications
Celebrity, Lifestyle Media and Ethical Consumption (with David Bell), Journal of Celebrity Studies, 2(2), 2011: 178-91
Please Don’t Try This at Home’: Heston Blumenthal, Cookery TV and the Culinary Field (with Steve Jones), Food Culture and Society, 13(4), 2010: 521-37.
‘At least he’s doing something’: Moral Entrepreneurship and Individual Responsibility in Jamie’s Ministry of Food, (with Steve Jones) European Journal of Cultural Studies, 13 (3) 2010, pp. 307-322.    
Ordinary Lifestyles: Popular Media, Consumption and Taste (co-edited with David Bell), Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 2005
‘The Bachelor Dinner: masculinity, class and cooking in Playboy, 1953-61’, Continuum, 16(2), June 2002: pp. 143-55.

Matt is interested in representations of working class community in British film. His recent publication The Holiday and British Film (Palgrave, 2012) investigates class distinction in the supposed free space of the holiday, by analysing popular film in context with the social history of the holiday.


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