Présentation
 
2011 - Volume 52 > Numéro 2

ISSN 0035-2969

Prize architecture and social morphology of the market :
the case of Bordeaux «  Grands crus »
Pierre-Marie CHAUVIN

pp. 277-309

 

Whereas sociological study of awards and prizes usually works to clarify and explain their formation, this article shows how the various types of prizes awarded in a given market fit together and how they correspond to and rely on a particular social morphology. The dual morphology of prizes (they « mean » both internally and externally), here condensed into the concept of « prize architecture », is brought to light by means of an ethnographic study of the Bordeaux market and quantitative data on same. The Bordeaux market for « Grands crus » is analyzed in terms of four prize types, thereby revealing how this market is organized and the social hierarchies operative in it.

 

 

 
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