List of Illustrations.
Introduction: Cultures of Distinction.
Chapter 1: Quality TV?: the periodistas notebook.
Chapter 2: Classic Fashion?: the Adolfo Dominguez sample book.
Chapter 3: Pure Painting?: The Miguel Barcelo sketch book.
Chapter 4: Queer Conceptualism?: Basque artists on the borders.
Chapter 5: Catalan Independence?: Ventura Pons's niche cinema.
Chapter 6: Resurrecting the Art Movie?: Aldomodovar's blue period.
Paul Julian Smith is the Professor of Spanish at the University of Cambridge
"[Smith] touches on a multitude of areas of everyday life in Spain
and, as an antidote to the pessimism of theorising about
globalization, offers a passionate view of the distinctiveness of
modern Spanish culture."
Times Higher Education Supplement
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weaves together cultural theory with detailed studies of Spanish television,
male fashion, visual arts and film."
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Steeped in Bourdieu's studies of cultural distinction, Smith is
more cosmopolitan ethnographer than armchair academic as he
develops a method of thick, layered, and multidisciplinary
description to explain and analyse the intersection of markets and
aesthetics in the production and consumption of sucessful TV drama,
independent Catalan cinema or classic masculine