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Thinking Allowed - Tastes of wine

Updated Wednesday, 23rd May 2012

The world of wine is explored in this week's Thinking Allowed. Get a taste of the sociology behind the beverage with our exclusive articles and learning links. 

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Steven Shapin joins Laurie Taylor in the Thinking Allowed studios this week. He'll be discussing his talk, ‘The Tastes of Wine: A Cultural and Social History’ which uses wine and wine culture as a core case study of changing tastes and expressions of taste. More broadly, he explores the historical intersubjectivities that account for ‘taste’ following on from his article, ‘The sciences of subjectivity ’.

In our exclusive article below, the OU's Wendy Maples responds to Shapin by placing the spotlight on the changing socio-cultural significance of wine-drinking. 

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