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Sensory Multiculturalism in an East End Market; Cultural Passions

Laurie Taylor discusses the emotional commitment people bring to both 'high' and 'low' culture. Plus the sights and smells of a multicultural East End market.

Cultural passions - From a love of Proust to an enthusiasm for tennis and tarot readings; a diverse range of aesthetic pleasures excite human beings. Laurie Taylor talks to the cultural theorist and writer, Elizabeth Wilson, about the emotional commitment people bring to their enjoyment of both 'high' and 'low' culture. Professor Wilson analyses why such pleasures are sometimes seen as suspect; invoking, by turns, a fear of elitism as well a dislike of mass culture. Also, the sociologist, Alex Rhys-Taylor, charts a sensory journey into the heart of an East End Market.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

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Elizabeth Wilson

Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies, London College of Fashion



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Cultural Passions: Fans, Aesthetes and Tarot Readers
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN-10: 1780762860
ISBN-13: 978-1780762869

Alex Rhys-Taylor

Lecturer and the Deputy Director of the Centre for Urban and Community Research in the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London



Find out more about Dr Alex Rhys-Taylor



Abstract: The essences of multiculture: A sensory exploration of an inner-city street market
Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power
Volume 20, Issue 4, August 2013, pages 393-406

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