From Habitus to Habits: The Origin of Lifestyle Practices

The role of lifestyle in sociological theory dates back to the early 19th century. American sociologist, William Cockerham described the earlier discourse between class and status through the likes of Karl Marx’s differentiation of the classes, to Thorstein Veblen’s theory of the leisure class, and finally Max Weber’s account of lifestyle in relation to socioeconomic status [1]. The real contribution to the concept of ‘lifestyle’ was in the way Weber used it synonymously with ‘life conduct’-- namely the choices people had in selecting their lifestyles [2]. His discussion of ‘life conduct’ provided context for his explanation of the ‘legal order’ as a “complex of actual determinants of human

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