9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN05 Sociology of Consumption

2009-09-05 09:00:00 2009-09-05 10:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 09:00 - 10:30 Consumption of Arts Building II, C5.02

Domestic, European, and American music consumption in EU countries; trends and explanations

National cultural goods demarcate in-group boundaries in everyday life situations. Research on the consumption of these national cultural goods, however, has mainly focused on the stratification between high and low brow culture. Relatively little attention is paid to the consumption of culture goods based on the nationality criterion. This study will examine trends in the origin of consumed music. We will answers the questions: To what extent varies the trend in the consumption of 1) domestic, 2) European and 3) American music between EU countries? And to what extent are changes overtime, and differences between countries explained by macro level conditions?

To explain the origin of consumed music, economic theories concerning the world trade market will be combined with sociological theories concerning cultural consumption and consumer ethnocentrism into one theoretical framework. From these theories, we derive hypotheses about the influence of EU- and national cultural policies, the (world) music market, country characteristics, and inter-country relations (e.g., language affinity and economic dominance).

The on sales based year-end hit-chart archives of Austria, Flanders (Belgium), France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom will be coded and additional context data will be added. This unique database, which dates back to 1975, will be used to test the hypotheses with pooled time-series analyses.