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status symbol

any commodity or service which is acquired as much or more for the favourable social evaluations it brings from others, and in terms of its enhancement of the acquirer's own self-perceptions. An early journalistic account of status symbols was provided by Packard (1959). A more sociologically sophisticated analysis, although he does not specifically use the term 'status symbol’, is BOURDIEU's Distinction (1979). For Bourdieu, matters of taste above all involve status claims. Thus the educated may go to the theatre rather than watch TV. One problem with the concept of status symbol, is that analysis of cultural products in terms of their status loadings tends to ignore other dimensions of preference. See also ADVERTISING, CONSUMER CULTURE, POSTMODERNITY AND POSTMODERNISM.
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Interestingly, in a reversal of the past, a sugar-free diet is now in vogue among the affluent, and foods with 'no sugar added' are the new status symbols.
Good-quality cocaine is seen as a status symbol among some professionals and upper classes," Lindsay warned.
KILLER dogs are being trained into "fighting machines" by thugs who see their vicious beasts as status symbols.
TABLE 2: FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF STRESS RELIEVER, COMPANY, STATUS SYMBOL, ADDICTION AND WANTING TO QUIT (N=300)
There are people who see certain races as status symbols, and someone had to comment on that," Hill told Vice magazine.
On top of all that, we need to educate these people about how to look after dogs to get away from them being used as status symbols.
Stressing that beacons should not be allowed to be flaunted as a status symbol, the court observed that its use should be limited to vehicles of high constitutional authorities, police, army and hospitals .
For some people, these dogs have become a status symbol.
Part of the problem is irresponsible owners and the ridiculous fashion of having a "hard-looking" dog as a status symbol.
DA Form 2404 (Equipment Inspection and Maintenance Worksheet) clearly states that an inspection fault status symbol will be a dash.
I'm told that not only are they a cultural status symbol and quite comfortable--they aren't cheap.
Titley, a doctor, and surgeon, is thought to have commissioned it, alongside a canteen of silver cutlery as a status symbol.