Specialist magazines as communities of taste

Authored by: Tim Holmes , Jane Bentley

The Routledge Companion to British Media History

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415537186
eBook ISBN: 9781315756202
Adobe ISBN: 9781317629474


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The first magazine to include that word in its title was a classic example of what Bourdieu, in Distinction: A Social Critique Of The Judgement Of Taste (1984 [2010]) called an “institution of legitimation”. The Gentleman’s Magazine (1731) would now be considered a newspaper more than a magazine, but everything about it from the name onwards was intended to be of assistance to, and form the habits and habitus of, a landed gentleman.

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