Social and Cultural Elites: Audiences for Three Sisters Directed by Richard Wherrett
AbstractThe material presented here with regard to Three Sisters is part of my research on theatre audiences, where empirical data and methodological and theoretical considerations are closely connected. In other words, my research is not being carried out in a positivistic manner. It does not, therefore, assume that facts can be organized without the intervention of interpretative principles. Those who are familiar with the work of Pierre Bourdieu will have understood from the title of this essay that I am referring to some of Bourdieu's major conceptual categories. However, it will become clear that, although these categories help shape my interpretation -at least for my present purposes -I by no means follow Bourdieu step by step. This has nothing to do with the fact that Bourdieu does not study the theatre. It has everything to do with my premise that theories neither can nor should be "applied" mechanistically.