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Playing with Capital: Inherited and Acquired Assets in a Jazz Audition
Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för beteendevetenskap och lärande.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. (Forskningsgruppen för utbildnings- och kultursociologi)
2015 (English)In: Poetics (Amsterdam. Print), ISSN 0304-422X, E-ISSN 0048-4571, Vol. 48, 83-106 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A common dream among the youth is to become a successfulmusician. By surveying young aspiring musicians trying to enter aprestigious jazz audition, this paper examines assets and dispositionsinvolved in the formation of a music field. In the study webuild on Bourdieusian sociological theory and method in order tomap out a space of jazz contesters and characterize the group(s)seeking to enter. Our findings, based on a specific multiplecorrespondence analysis performed on 211 applicants, suggestthat the space of jazz contesters is structured by three importantfactors: (i) the total volume of music capital, (ii) commitment to the(professional) field of practice and (iii) the familiarity acquiredthrough previous music socialization and training. Using clusteringtechniques, we further distinguish four groups among theapplicants – Insiders, Outsiders, Inheritors and Underdogs – andreveal the success rate of the groups. We find that the acquisitionand enactment of field-specific symbolic assets is of particularimportance for elite music admissions, while at the same time thesizeable number of musically affluent candidates competing for asmall number of places turns the audition into an event underscoredwith considerable uncertainty.

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2015. Vol. 48, 83-106 p.
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Sociology of Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-242744DOI: 10.1016/j.poetic.2014.12.002ISI: 000350936100006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-242744DiVA: diva2:784876
Available from: 2015-01-30 Created: 2015-01-30 Last updated: 2015-04-24Bibliographically approved

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