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The shape of culture [electronic resource] : a study of contemporary cultural patterns in the United States / Judith R. Blau.

Author/Creator:
Blau, Judith R.
Publication:
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1989 (1992 printing)
Series:
Arnold and Caroline Rose monograph series of the American Sociological Association.
Arnold and Caroline Rose monograph series of the American Sociological Association
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (xii, 207 p. ) illustrations.
Subjects:
Arts and society -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Popular culture -- United States.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
This book systematically examines prevailing cultural patterns in contemporary American society. Using information on several thousands of cultural organisations, including elite ones (such as opera and chamber music companies) and popular cultural ones (such as cinemas and live rock concerts), Professor Blau examines the geography of culture, the changing demands for culture, the interdependencies among cultural organisations of different kinds, the nature of labour markets for artists, and the effects of arts subsidies on nonprofit cultural establishments over a ten year period. One of the major conclusions of the book is that the social conditions that support elite and popular culture are increasingly similar over time.
Contents:
Culture as structure and meaning
The American cultural landscape
Reproduction and decline
Co-occurrence, tipping in, and bridging
Organizational assembly and disassembly
Increasing returns on diminishing artists
A little more on the hobby horse
Masses and classes
The transformation of American culture.
Notes:
First paperback edition 1992.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
0-511-57086-4
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