Research Seminar “Culture and Inequality”
- be able to explain culture preferences through social stratification perspective
- be able to understand the link between cultural production cultural consumptio
- be able to generate research hypothesis
- be able to develop academic skills in reading, writing, and presentation.
- be able to understand and discuss topics related to culture and inequality and improve skills in developing research design in the framework of culture and inequality studies
- Culture and Inequality (Course introduction)Why does art and cultural consumption matters. Status symbols and status groups. Schools, labour market and marriage markets as spaces of exclusion.
- Taste culturesArt perception as decoding process (Bourdieu original thesis). Code and legitimate culture. Abstract and contemporary art as specific objects for decoding. Upper classes as main consumers of legitimate art. Disinterested vs. Interested involvement: decoding or decorative qualities of art objects.
- Art as a professionDevelopment of artistic educational institutions & art museums. Art academies and challengers in art education. Dominating and competing groups: curators, trustees, managers. Conflict between curatorial and educational functions inside museums. Neoliberal turn and stimuli for marketization.
- Cultural production and urban milieusDistinction and reproduction of symbolic boundaries. Consumer “sets” or repertoires. Symbolic boundaries and negative choices (dislikes). Symbolic exclusion and musical taste. Contradiction between Bourdieu statements and contemporary political cultures. Preferences for democracy and tolerance. Race VS. status intolerance.
- Сultural production as labourConcept of creative labour. Creative careers. Cultural and creative industries. Inequality and precariat in creative industries.
- Art-world structure: producers, consumers, prosumersH. Backer’s circular model of art world. Professionals vs. mavericks. Professionals, art institutions and definition of creativity. Conventions. Who creates genius? Prosumers as recent phenomenon.
- Networks and creativityArt-production as two-mode data. Core-periphery structure of cultural industries. Advantages and disadvantages of periphery positions. Weakness and strength of core positions. Team position and composition. Small-world phenomenon in creative industries. Legitimacy vs. innovation dilemma.
- Class cultures and inequality reproductionClass cultures and cultural capital. How to measure cultural capital. How cultural capital influence educational attainment and chances on marriage markets.
- Artistic careers and prestigeTraditional bureaucracies and single-projects organizations. Pareto-distribution and Matthew effect. Creative, technical and managerial careers. What roles are good starting positions in creative industries? How to measure creative prestige?
- Migration, ethnicity and cultural capitalAdaptation of migrant children and transmission of cultural patterns. Ethnic capital vs. taste for legitimate culture. Schools and transmission of cultural capital.
- Homework assignmentsStudent prepares and presents projects during the course. Based on the group grades each student has the average grade for homework assignments
- Group presentation of research proposalStudent prepares and presents the project proposal in group. This proposal is based on the material covered during seminar discussions. The approximate content of this proposal: research problem/question(s), definition of object of study & units of analysis, hypotheses (driven from the literature), sampling strategy, type of data, methods of data gathering & analysis.
- ExamStudent prepares and presents the project proposal (individual project and presentation). 2nd year students present research proposal, 3rd and 4th year students present their term papers. In case if the student could not prepare the homework assignment with group and missed the seminar because of the valid excuse there is a possibility to perform group task and send it to the teacher no later than a week before the exam. In case if the student prepared homework assignment with group but could not present it because of the valid excuse this seminar will not be included in the calculation of the average grade. In case if the student could not prepare research proposal in group because of valid excuse there is a possibility to perform this task and send it to the teacher in form of 500 words essay no later than a week before the exam. This essay should contain the critical evaluation of the group research proposal.
- Interim assessment (4 module)0.2 * Exam + 0.2 * Group presentation of research proposal + 0.6 * Homework assignments
- Alexander, V. D., & Bowler, A. E. (2014). Art at the Crossroads: The Arts in Society and the Sociology of Art. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.25367D5F
- Tanner, J. (2003). Sociology of Art : A Reader. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=111300