Cultural Objects as Prisms: Perceived Audience Composition of Musical Genres as a Resource for Symbolic Exclusion

Omar Lizardo

Date and Time

Friday, March 24, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science 1101


PROF. OMAR LIZARDO, UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, "Cultural Objects as Prisms: Perceived Audience Composition of Musical Genres as a  Resource for Symbolic Exclusion."

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Friday, March 24, 2017 
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

LOCATION P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science 1101

Omar Lizardo is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, a fellow at the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies, and a member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications. His research deals with various topics in sociology, social psychology, cultural sociology, network theory, and cognitive science.

He is the recipient of the 2013 Lewis Coser Award for Theoretical Agenda Setting from the American Sociological Association Section on Theory and the co-winner (with Robert Fishman) of the Charles Tilly best article award from the American Sociological Association’s section on Comparative Historical Sociology.  He is currently coeditor of the American Sociological Review, the flagship journal of Sociology.

In this presentation, Prof. Lizardo will use new survey data to explore why individuals from different social groups dislike certain musical styles based on the perceived social groups that like these styles.  Individuals tend to reject styles based on their own class, gender, racial, and age while musical tastes of different groups tend to reinforce social status inequalities based on class.

This event is sponsored by the GVSU Department of Sociology and Office of the Provost.

This activity is free and open to the public.




Joel Stillerman, 616-331-3129,; Laurel Westbrook,, 616-331-3198; Jeffrey Rothstein,, 616-331-3710.


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