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.
Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies, London College of Fashion
Find out more about Elizabeth Wilson
Cultural Passions: Fans, Aesthetes and Tarot Readers
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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