Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Purhonen, Semi
Organisation University of Tampere
Project title The Dynamics of Cultural Stratification: How Cultural Classifications, Hierarchies and Tastes Change (DYNAMICS)
Decision No. 309181
Decision date 13.06.2017
Funding,period 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2021
Funding 480 000
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Project description
How do cultural classifications, hierarchies and tastes change and evolve? Have the old status-based distinctions between ‘high’ and ‘low’ dwindled and led us into a more de-hierarchized, democratized and tolerant culture? This project, carried out at the University of Tampere, develops a new theory of the dynamics of cultural stratification and includes three empirical parts. The first part is a study of newspaper coverage of culture/arts in six European countries between 1960 and 2010. The second part examines the changes in the social organization of lifestyles and tastes in Finland over the last ten years. The third part focuses on the fastest-paced dynamics of cultural stratification by analyzing social media data. By providing general understanding and empirical detail about the recent changes in cultural stratification, the project will be innovative and of high impact in relation to previous academic studies and public debates on cultural inequalities.