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Cultural consumption


Rössel, Jörg; Schenk, Patrick; Weingartner, Sebastian (2017). Cultural consumption. In: Scott, Robert A; Buchmann, Marlis C. Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Interdisciplinary, Searchable, and Linkable Resource. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc., online.

Abstract

Research on cultural consumption is a flourishing field across different disciplines within the social sciences. It refers to the consumption of goods and services with primarily aesthetic functions and only secondarily instrumental uses. We present the main theoretical approaches, empirical methods, and results of research on the main dimensions of cultural consumption, the explanation of correlations between these dimensions and social positions, and the impact of cultural consumption on the reproduction of structures of resource inequalities in societies, focusing in particular on Bourdieu's foundational work. Future research should move beyond this approach by developing more precise concepts and more systematic mechanism-based theoretical explanations. We suggest an approach based on rational choice theory, because we deem it capable of overcoming the severe limitations of practice theories. Furthermore, we propose more rigorous methods for theory development and the establishment of causal claims, such as agent-based modeling, longitudinal analysis, and experimental methods.

Abstract

Research on cultural consumption is a flourishing field across different disciplines within the social sciences. It refers to the consumption of goods and services with primarily aesthetic functions and only secondarily instrumental uses. We present the main theoretical approaches, empirical methods, and results of research on the main dimensions of cultural consumption, the explanation of correlations between these dimensions and social positions, and the impact of cultural consumption on the reproduction of structures of resource inequalities in societies, focusing in particular on Bourdieu's foundational work. Future research should move beyond this approach by developing more precise concepts and more systematic mechanism-based theoretical explanations. We suggest an approach based on rational choice theory, because we deem it capable of overcoming the severe limitations of practice theories. Furthermore, we propose more rigorous methods for theory development and the establishment of causal claims, such as agent-based modeling, longitudinal analysis, and experimental methods.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Uncontrolled Keywords:culture; Bourdieu; class; inequality; networks; mechanisms; rational choice
Language:English
Date:November 2017
Deposited On:22 Jan 2018 21:00
Last Modified:19 Feb 2018 10:43
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISBN:978-1-118-90077-2
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118900772.etrds0432
Related URLs:https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118900772 (Publisher)

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