What Makes A Snob

Andrew Sullivan —  Feb 3 2012 @ 10:31am


Sam Wilkinson challenges our understanding of the term:

Because the snob presumes that other preferences are of a lesser value than their own, snobbery is often assumed to come only from those in a superior position. But wade into almost any debate between almost any two people about the relative value of a thing … and you’ll find people dismissing each other’s preferences … these preferences are not always bound up by class considerations. Listen sometime to people debating Fords and Chevys; the form of those arguments is the same as the one between two people debating Fords and Bentleys. “My thing is better than your thing for these reasons.”

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