The research shows many ambivalences. Many Dutch people - particularly the higher educated - indeed look down on others’ tastes, but they often immediately downplay their distinctive utterances. The majority recognises a cultural hierarchy, and there is a high consensus on both ends of this hierarchy (regardless of educational level or age), but many of them also object using concepts such as high and low culture, good and bad taste. In other words, they both perceive and practise cultural hierarchy, but they do not agree. They cherish egalitarian ideals, but they are not consistent. Finally, the research shows that the logic with which they practise hierarchy often differs from the logic with which they perceive and define hierarchy, which can help explain the confusion on the allegedly blurring boundaries between high and low culture.
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