Yoga and meditation have experienced a boom in Western appropriation
in recent decades and consistently grow more culturally ubiquitous.
Likewise, rates of vegetarianism are quickly rising. However, little
scholarly work has been produced around these newer forms upon the
cultural landscape. Even less adopts a sociological perspective. This
paper seeks to remedy this fact. It aims to advance understandings as to
the patterns of consumption regarding newer cultural forms, with yoga,
meditation, and vegetarianism as case studies. Proceeding with the UK
as the field of study, this paper presents an original national survey. It
performs regression analyses with the survey data to accomplish an
analysis of interaction with these cultural forms. From the results, this
paper asserts that objectified cultural capital is still salient for social
distinction of these forms. This paper also suggests criteria by which
emerging forms of culture may establish more quickly as high status
cultural objects in an age of globalisation.