Keyword: class

What happens to cultural engagement during times of profound social change?

This research was conducted by Mikhail Sokolov at the European University at Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Summary

One of the aims of Soviet public policy was to reduce (even eliminate) the cultural distinctions between classes and professional groups by making the population more professionalised. This did not occur. During Perestrioka, when the …

The different effects of group singing on middle-class and marginalised people

This research was conducted by Betty A. Bailey and Jane W. Davidson at the University of Sheffield, UK

Summary

Singing in a group can bring profound positive emotional results, though the exact nature of the benefits may vary with the singer’s background. This study examined the experiences of Canadian singing …

By | 4 July 2016 |

The barriers that prevent older people engaging with contemporary visual art

This research was conducted by Andrew Newman, Anna Goulding and Christopher Whitehead at Newcastle University, UK

Summary

This study set out to explore the factors that influence older people's engagement – or indeed lack of engagement – with contemporary visual art. Specific factors addressed in the paper are social class, education, taste …

By | 25 January 2016 |

Education (not status or class) determines arts participation

This research was conducted by Aaron Reeves at the University of Oxford, UK.

Summary

This paper seeks to understand social class, social status and education, and their relative effects on arts attendance and arts participation. The research rests on distinctions between these related and overlapping concepts. The author defines the terms …

By | 10 December 2015 |

Exploding the myth of the musical ‘omnivore’

This research was conducted by Mike Savage and Modesto Gayo at the University of York, UK and Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile.

Summary

This paper explored the musical preferences of adults in Britain, it analysed data from a substantial survey that asked people about what kinds of music they like and …

By | 5 May 2015 |

Most people do not have eclectic music tastes

This research was conducted by Tak Wing Chan and John H. Goldthorpe at the University of Oxford, UK

Summary

The paper reports the results of a study into cultural consumption habits of 20-64 year olds in England. They found that people generally fall into three categories: omnivores, univores and a third …

By | 11 April 2014 |