THE SOURCE: "Democracy Versus Distinction: A Study of Omnivorousness
in Gourmet Food Writing" by Josee Johnston and Shyon Baumann, in American Journal of Sociology, July 2007.
However, neither education nor income makes a meaningful contribution to explaining this measure of musical omnivorousness, indicating that this data set does not contain elites characterized by a wide range of diverse musical tastes.
These results call to mind insights emerging from Will Atkinson's (2011) interviews in Bristol, England regarding "specious omnivorousness.
One possibility is that attention to current theatrical releases among P2P pirates is generic because it is superficial and related to a behavior that has the appearance of omnivorousness
, but in reality is no more than purposeless rambling amid the confusing amount of options offered by an endless stream of new content.
Introducing the concept of voraciousness as a theoretical variation of omnivorousness
, they note the significance of frequency of participation (voracious pattern of consumption) in addition to the omnivorous contents of consumption of various leisure activities.
Lydia Martens and Wendy Olsen 1999 "Consumption and the problem of variety: Cultural omnivorousness
, social distinction and dining out.
Might that be no more than a coded way of drawing attention to an ability to accept compromise, an omnivorousness
, and a variety of output that makes his oeuvre -- in the language of the motor industry -- somehow unintegrated?
Locating the authentic and the exotic as frames within foodie discourse serving to mask the tension between the competing ideologies of democracy and distinction, the book questions the presumed democratic nature of sampling from both high and low culture, and argues that although cultural omnivorousness
hinges on the ability to enjoy both fine French food and a grilled cheese sandwich, status and distinction remain central.