What the Music You Hate Says About You

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(Photo: Studio Grand Ouest/Shutterstock)

We’re more open to certain genres than we were 20 years ago, and more closed to others.

What sort of music do you dislike? That may seem like an odd subject for a study, but it makes sense to sociologists, who view the rejection of certain genres as symbolic markers—declarations that I have nothing in common with “those people.”

Thus, a new study that examines the musical genres Americans abhor offers an intriguing look into who we do, and do not, care to affiliate with. This has apparently shifted, as the types of tunes we find distasteful have changed significantly over the past two decades. Full story.

Tom Jacobs (Pacific Standard) / October 6, 2015

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