Response Lisa McCormick Department of Sociology, Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041, USA. E-mail: email@example.com This article refers to AJCS 2013.13. American Journal of Cultural Sociology (2014) 2, 260–265. doi:10.1057/ajcs.2014.2; published online 1 April 2014 It was only a matter of time before a Bourdieuian discovered musical auditions. In biographical accounts of musical careers, whatever the genre, successful auditions for major professional gigs are frequently identified as decisive turning points; it would take very little to cast them as formalized bids for position-taking in the field of cultural production. However, in ‘Mastering the Jazz Standard’, Erik Nylander (Nylander, 2014) avoids this unimaginative argument, which amounts to little more than a simple variation on a familiar tune. Instead he seizes on auditions for admission to music schools, which allowed him to create a medley of Bourdieu’s greatest hits. Social reproduction, the autonomization of the cultural field, the doxa, habitus and the charismatic ideology are woven together into an impressive counterpoint; the twist comes in how Lucien Karpik’s economic sociology, as well as Boltanski and Thévenot ‘regimes of worth’, are brought into the mix. While Nylander might have brought in some new material, the well-worn refrains kept coming back.
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