Research note: socio-economic change in the United Kingdom and patterns of cultural attendance

Voase, Richard (2013) Research note: socio-economic change in the United Kingdom and patterns of cultural attendance. Managing Leisure: an International Journal, 18 (2). pp. 171-175. ISSN 1360-6719

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Full text URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080.13606719.2013.752210

Abstract

This note reports an interim finding from a study-in-progress. The purpose of the study is to examine trends in cultural attendance against changes in the socio-economic profile of the UK population. It was expected that, as the ABC1 middle class expanded, it would generate a higher volume of cultural attendances; but that, as a ‘mass’ middle class with diluted cultural behaviours, its relative propensity to do so would diminish. A paucity of comparable data inhibits long-term comparisons. However, in the case of museum and gallery attendance, a comparison was possible. The results were counter-intuitive: from 1991 to 2003, ABC1 cultural attendance increased in both absolute and relative terms; for the C2DE groups, it lessened in both respects. This has implications for audience development initiatives.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:arts, cultural, attendance, social class, museums
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Business School
ID Code:5628
Deposited By: Richard Voase
Deposited On:22 May 2012 17:37
Last Modified:05 Dec 2013 11:01

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