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1 Cultural Capital and Social Exclusion Findings from new data

2 The Team Tony Bennett Mike Savage Alan Warde Elizabeth Silva Modesto Gayo-Cal David Wright

3 Advisory Board The Arts Councils of the UK The British Film Institute Department of Culture Media and Sport Office of National Statistics

4 Research Outcomes Bennett, T. and Silva, E.(eds) (2006) Culture, Taste and Social Divisions in Contemporary Britain, Cultural Trends Vol 15, issue 2-3. Bennet et. al. Media Culture: the Social Organisation of Media Practices, BFI: London and-social-exclusion/ and-social-exclusion/ Culture Class and Distinction, Routledge 2008/9

5 Research Questions What is the nature of cultural capital in Britain? What are the relationships between cultural tastes, participation, knowledge and class, gender, ethnicity What role does cultural capital play in relation to existing patterns of social exclusion?

6 The Data 25 focus groups National Survey (1541 random post-code sample; 227 ethnic boost) conducted by NatCen 44 follow-up semi-structured interviews 11 interviews with elite individuals

7 Taste Music TV & Film Reading Visual Arts Food/Cuisine Sport

8 Participation Museums & Stately Homes Rock concerts & Orchestral concerts Opera or Theatre Bingo To Pubs or nightclubs The cinema Ownership of works of art Ownership of books/CDs/DVDs

9 Knowledge Literature – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; Pride and Prejudice; The Firm; I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing; Madame Bovary; The Solace of Sin Music – Wonderwall; Einstein on the Beach; Chicago; Symphony No.5; Stan; The Four Seasons; Kind of Blue; Oops I did it Again Art – Picasso; Van Gogh; Kahlo; Turner; Emin; Lowry; Warhol Film – Hitchcock; Spielberg; Almodovar; Bergman; Rathnam; Campion;

10 Some Findings 74% of those in routine occupations had read less than 5 books in the previous year. Pride and Prejudice and Vivaldi are popular culture Heavy Metal is high culture 72% of people havent heard of Tracey Emin

11 MCA – The Cloud of Individuals





16 Conclusions Cultural taste has social patterns There is no simple distinction between high and popular culture – cultural hierarchies have been flattened or altered in some contexts Age and gender are important elements of contemporary cultural capital But attendance at Arts performances continues to show hierarchical class gradient.

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