5. Social Class, Experiences of Distinction and Cinema in Postwar Ghent

  1. Richard Maltby2,
  2. Daniel Biltereyst3 and
  3. Philippe Meers4
  1. Daniel Biltereyst3,
  2. Philippe Meers4 and
  3. Lies Van de Vijver1

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396416.ch5

Explorations in New Cinema History: Approaches and Case Studies

Explorations in New Cinema History: Approaches and Case Studies

How to Cite

Biltereyst, D., Meers, P. and Van de Vijver, L. (2011) Social Class, Experiences of Distinction and Cinema in Postwar Ghent, in Explorations in New Cinema History: Approaches and Case Studies (eds R. Maltby, D. Biltereyst and P. Meers), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396416.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Flinders University, South Australia

  2. 3

    Department of Communication Studies, Ghent University, Belgium

  3. 4

    University of Antwerp, Belgium

Author Information

  1. 1

    Ghent University, Belgium

  2. 3

    Department of Communication Studies, Ghent University, Belgium

  3. 4

    University of Antwerp, Belgium

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 8 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199490

Online ISBN: 9781444396416

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Keywords:

  • distribution, programming and audiences - social class, distinction, cinema in postwar Ghent;
  • question of class distinction and differentiation - historical cinema audiences and film exhibition;
  • social class, pillars and cinema - Ghent socialists, cinema into leisure activities, in 1908;
  • Belgian socialist movement appeal - anti-Christian and anti-establishment, Catholics and problems of labour;
  • ‘pillarisation’ and traditional class conflicts - Catholics and socialists, attracting masses;
  • spaces of distinction, Belgian film exhibition - questions unanswered, ‘Enlightened City’ research project;
  • Ghent film market, city centre cinemas and film venues - belt of working-class city districts;
  • experiences of distinction - ‘Enlightened City’ project, cinema-going in Flanders, 1930s to 1970s;
  • people, and distinction between cinemas - programming differences, as genre and language;
  • postwar Belgian society, ideological and religious lines - pillarisation and class conflicts intermingled

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Social Class, Pillars, Cinema

  • Spaces of Distinction

  • Distinction on the Screen

  • Experiences of Distinction

  • Conclusion

  • References