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Usually lifestyle is connected to the visible elements in specific individual ways of living.

Lifestyle is often connected to the way in which people dress, what they do in their leisure-time, habits of consumption regarding tobacco, alcohol, drugs and food, sport and exercise activities and/or ways of dealing with other people, language or behaviour.

Lifestyles is often regarded as an indication of what is behind the visible, i.e. the values and attitudes of an individual. The dynamics of lifestyles usually is regarded both as a way of making bonds to specific groups of people and as a way of differentiate oneself from people whom the individual rejects any identification with. Lifestyle is seen as a way of presenting oneself and as a way of building up a sense of social and individual identity (see also (youth) culture, consumer society and social inequality). (TBJ)



Giddens, Anthony (1991) Modernity and self-identity, Cambridge, Polity Press.

Bourdieu. Pierre 1979 (1984) La distinction, Critique social du jugement/ Distinction. A Social Critique of the judgement of Taste. London, Routledge.

Kegan, Paul.


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