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Rössel, J; Otte, G (2010). Culture. In: German Data Forum. Building on Progress. Expanding the Infrastructure for the Social, Economic and Behavioral Sciences. Opladen / Farmington Hill: Budrich Unipress, 1153-1172.

Abstract

The term “culture” is notorious for its multitude of meanings. This advisory report strictly focuses on culture in terms of the arts. We adopt a sociological as well as an economic perspective. Research questions are subdivided into three spheres: artistic production and its organization; the distribution and valuation of culture; and the consumption and reception of culture. The data requirements and the availability of adequate data vary substantively, depending on artistic branches (music, performing arts, etc.) and specific research questions. In order to make the empirical investigation of culture a flourishing field, we recommend the following improvements in data infrastructure: first, comprehensive surveys of artists on the one hand, and cultural consumption on the other, should be carried out with the support of public funding; second, a national cultural statistic should be established, illuminating the size, impact, and evolution of the cultural sector in comparative perspective; third, the public availability of organization-level data as well as communal surveys on cultural production and consumption issues should be improved; fourth, the transparency of existing data sources and their accessibilit.

Abstract

The term “culture” is notorious for its multitude of meanings. This advisory report strictly focuses on culture in terms of the arts. We adopt a sociological as well as an economic perspective. Research questions are subdivided into three spheres: artistic production and its organization; the distribution and valuation of culture; and the consumption and reception of culture. The data requirements and the availability of adequate data vary substantively, depending on artistic branches (music, performing arts, etc.) and specific research questions. In order to make the empirical investigation of culture a flourishing field, we recommend the following improvements in data infrastructure: first, comprehensive surveys of artists on the one hand, and cultural consumption on the other, should be carried out with the support of public funding; second, a national cultural statistic should be established, illuminating the size, impact, and evolution of the cultural sector in comparative perspective; third, the public availability of organization-level data as well as communal surveys on cultural production and consumption issues should be improved; fourth, the transparency of existing data sources and their accessibilit.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:December 2010
Deposited On:31 Jan 2011 08:22
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 06:33
Publisher:Budrich Unipress
ISBN:978-3-940755-58-2

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