Cigarettes, snus and status: differences in lifestyle of different tobacco user groups in Norway
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionHealth Sociology Review. 2016, 1-15. 10.1080/14461242.2016.1197043
During the last decades smoking has been marginalised. Current tobacco policy is characterised by a continuous denormalisation of all forms of tobacco consumption. Yet, many people still use tobacco. This article highlights a possible cultural explanation for this: different tobacco products and uses are included in lifestyles of different social status and prestige, and vary in legitimacy. Using nationally representative data of the Norwegian adult population and drawing conceptually and methodologically on Bourdieu’s cultural sociology, I show that differences in socio-cultural practices (including tobacco use) are manifested in a structured ‘space of lifestyles’, homologous to the structure of the objective ‘space of social positions’. The contents of the various lifestyles (as identified by multiple correspondence analysis) inform the cultural distinctions associated with tobacco use.