What Is High Culture?

Although high culture has many different meanings, it is most commonly used to describe the sophisticated artistic pursuits of an advanced society. This includes things like fine arts, classical music and theater performances.

Members of the high culture possess what is called cultural capital, which is the means used to attain to the so-called higher cultural pursuits. High culture is usually contrasted with low culture, more commonly known as popular culture, which includes things like sports, sitcoms, movies and mainstream music. There is no clear distinction between "high" and "low" culture, and classification of various activities into one of the two categories is therefore arbitrary.