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What Shapes Our Taste

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Your mother shapes your taste in food. To prove my point, I will give an example from a TV cooking show. i.e. ‘ Master Chef Australia: the professionals’ . In an episode from its first season, the competitors had to cook something that reminds them of their families. There was a woman called Akoc who cooked a lentils soup. She said that this soup is what her mother used to cook for her and her siblings when they were kids, hence she grew up loving it and cooking it for her children now.

This example shows how our mothers shape even our taste in food because what the mother likes, the kids also like. Akoc proved to me that even if she can afford other types of food, her taste toward lentils soup will never change. Thus, if the mother does not have a refined taste, the kids will be like their mother. Basically, what the mother pay attention to, the kids will pay attention to that as well.   • Taste is passed from generation to generationTaste is passed down from generation to generation.

For instance, your mother shapes your taste and your mother’ s taste was shaped by your grandmother. You will notice that your mother’ s taste is the same as of your grandmother but with a lot of variations. People usually think that their mother’ s and grandmother’ s taste was so ugly, but they do not notice that their own taste has been developed by them and is almost same with some modernization. This is why all the family members have the same taste with some unique characteristics. For example, these days, most of the girls I know wear their mothers’ old clothes.

A lot of people say that we wear it because it is a trend to wear what is vintage. However, what I want to reach by mentioning this point is that people will not wear their mothers’ vintage clothes if they did not like because no one wears what they do not like, which proves that the daughter’ s taste is like her mother’ s.  According to Bourdieu, the most important thing that shapes our taste is our previous experience. He is focusing on what happened in the past.

So, Bourdieu agrees with my assumption that taste is something that shapes in a person’ s past.

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  • Pages: 12 (3000 words)
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  • Subject: English
  • Level: Ph.D.
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