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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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Metro is not just a better transport system for the public, but also a status symbol (to people) that our city is a metro city.
Umbrellas are no longer a status symbol but they are still one of the few items in Korea that if (especially during a rainstorm) you leave unattended might end up missing.
Former Madalum mayor Sultan Usman Saranggani said for some, guns are status symbols.
The iPhone X, whose design is unmistakably different from previous iPhones, will make an Apple phone a status symbol once again.
A Chinese dog breeder, Zhang Gengyun, said today that a property developer paid him 18 million yuan ($3 million) for Tibetan mastiff twins, highlighting how the breed has become a status symbol for China's rich, ABC News reported.
It was also observed that 42.3% of the sample recognized water-pipe/shisha as being a stress reliever and 68.7% admitted it to be a status symbol. Hence, 77.7% of the sample smoked shisha in the company of friends with 11.3% claiming to be completely addicted to it.
Brooklyn-based Nate Hill said that his project, Trophy Scarves, was designed to highlight the fact that many black man see dating a white women as a status symbol.
"My heart sinks that people do not yet understand that if you are going to get a dog, don't get it as a status symbol. Get one that suits your lifestyle and where you live, and then train it."
Stressing that beacons should not be allowed to be flaunted as a status symbol, the court said there was no hindrance to the government withdrawing the privilege straightaway and giving a signal that everybody was equal.
Motor Scooter The taxi-driver said "Where do you want to go?" I said "I'm not entirely sure I know I'll need to consult a highway code" He said "Just tell me the name of the road" I said "Like yourself, my help isn't for free Look at this booklet, it's elementary" He said "Is this a bona fide fare?" I said "Not at all, because you don't care" A BMW driver overtook me yesterday Then he cut me up, it didn't cut both ways I was unmoved by this status symbol car He'd tried intimidation - uncouth by far It's not uncommon on the modern road Possibly ostentatiously, a brainless way to goad Jock Brownlee, Wood End.
The title allows them to graze sheep and cattle on the moor, although today it is more of a local status symbol.
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