9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN05 Sociology of Consumption

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Cultural Consumption Building II, C5.01

Cultural Participation: Changes Between 2001 and 2007 in Changing European Union

International comparisons of cultural activities have become more and more common in the last decades. However, international comparisons of changes are still quite rare. In this paper these kinds of comparisons has been made on the basis of two Eurobarometer ?data (numbers 56.0 and 67.1). The purpose was to find out to what extent the use of some cultural activities (ballet/dance/opera, cinema, theatre, sport event, concert, public library, historical monuments, museums/galleries, and book reading) has changed. The results show that changes were not remarkable at the aggregate level of European Union between 2001 and 2007. However, this is much due to the ?new EU countries? (Bulgaria, Czech, Estonia, Hungary etc.), i.e. member countries joining the EU after 2001. In the ?old EU countries? relatively more people in 2007 than in 2001 were taking part in activities mentioned above. Although there were big differences between countries, we can talk about two different cultural consumption patterns, which are the "old EU country" and the "new EU country". They are partly produced by the differences in the level of education. In addition, the impact of the differing valuation systems of cultural consumption across countries as well as the social advantage brought by some forms of cultural consumption are discussed, too.