Research shows social class has a strong influence on cultural tastes—13 April 2018

A major national survey of over 1,200 Australians, led by Australian Research Council (ARC) funded researchers at Western Sydney University (WSU), found that social class has a strong influence on a person's cultural tastes—with level of education and occupation being key factors in determining cultural preferences.

Lead investigator on the Australian Cultural Fields Discovery Projects grant, Professor Tony Bennett from WSU's Institute for Culture and Society (ICS), says class remains significant in the daily choices and lifestyles of Australians, and that it is critical to the patterns of inequality in contemporary Australia.

"There are very clear connections between the cultural advantages that middle and upper middle class Australians derive from their home backgrounds, their educational successes, their later occupational careers and the cultural tastes they develop that distinguish them from other Australians," says Professor Bennett.

The ICS researchers have partnered with the ABC to develop a new online survey which is giving the Australian public the chance to reflect on their personal cultural tastes.

The survey asks for users' preferences about television, music and literary activities and tastes, and compares the results with the research project's findings.

Media issued by Western Sydney University.

 

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Original Published Date: 
Friday, April 13, 2018