Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


14 February 2018

Dr Irmak Karademir-Hazir - "Enter Culture, Exit Arts?: The Transformation of Cultural Hierarchies in European Newspaper Culture Sections, 1960–2010”.

Presented By Dr Irmak Karademir-Hazir - Oxford Brookes University
  • 1:00-2:00 pm CRCC Seminar Series
  • WAV004 (Wavy Top Building)

About this event

Key debates of contemporary cultural sociology – the rise of the ‘cultural omnivore’, the fate of the classical ‘highbrow’ culture, the popularization, commercialization and globalization of culture – deal with temporal changes. Yet, systematic research about these processes is scarce due to the lack of suitable longitudinal data sets. Our project explores these questions through the lens of a crucial institution of cultural mediation, capable of deciding what is valuable culture and art – the culture sections in quality European newspapers – over the period from 1960 to 2010. Starting from the framework of cultural stratification and employing systematic content analysis both quantitative and qualitative of more than 13,000 newspaper articles, our project (and forthcoming book) Enter Culture, Exit Arts? presents a synthetic yet empirically rich and detailed account of cultural transformation over the last half-century. It shows how classifications and hierarchies of culture have changed in course of the process toward increased cultural heterogeneity. It conceptualizes the key trends of rising popular culture and declining highbrow arts as two simultaneous processes: the one of legitimization of popular culture (‘from entertainment to art’) and the other of popularization of traditional legitimate culture (‘from art to entertainment’), both important for the loosening of the boundary between ‘highbrow’ and ‘popular’. By careful comparative analysis and illustrative snapshots into the specific socio-historical contexts in which the newspapers and their representations of culture are embedded – in Finland, France, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the UK –, our project reveals both the key patterns and diversity of European variations in the transformation of cultural hierarchies since the 1960s.


Speaker Biography:

Dr Karademir-Hazir is a senior lecturer in Sociology at Oxford Brookes University. Her research so far has focused on how class inequality is generated, maintained and reproduced in in the context of the everyday life. Her ongoing research, funded by British Academy, looks at foodwork and child-feeding in families across different social classes. She is also a partner of a collaborative project CUDIGE (Cultural Distinctions, Generations and Change) which explores the changes that have taken place in the classification and social valuation of culture in different national contexts. This project will be published as a book by Routledge in 2018.