“Culture belongs to the upper classes. It is hard to attract families with lower education levels”
How can the cultural consumption of the new generations, particularly that of families with lower educational levels, be increased? Françoise Benhamou provides some key points in this interview.
“Our children are perfectly at home on YouTube, but they have no idea how a vacuum cleaner works”
José van Dijck reflects on how the major internet platforms are determining how we communicate, buy, and even how we behave.
Cultural participation and wellbeing. What do the data tell us?
Culture plays an important role in constructing and consolidating the bases for social cohesion and inclusion and for individual and collective wellbeing. The fourth issue of the Dossier from the Social Observatory of "la Caixa" analyses the factors that determine the cultural participation of citizens and reflects on how to guarantee equal conditions for such participation.
Cultural Participation in Spain: Antecedents and Opportunities
The level of cultural participation in our country is similar to that of other European countries, with the exception of the Nordic countries. From a comparative perspective, this article by the Social Observatory of "la Caixa” analyses the effects of education level, age, income and some variables of the employment situation on attendance rates.
Public investment in culture
How much do countries invest in culture? In the last decade, the governmental authorities in Spain have reduced the funding of cultural services.
Perspectives on cultural participation in Europe
This book, reviewed for the Social Observatory of "la Caixa", aims to measure participation in cultural activities on a European level, as well as promote them to contribute to social inclusion and active citizenship.
Between complacency and a self-defeating dream
The two books reviewed share concerns regarding the decline of the USA and show the problems facing the country. From different perspectives, both reach the same diagnosis regarding American society and the danger that threatens democracy.
Class is under your skin
High, middle or working class? Today’s society is demanding new categories. Based on the results of a survey carried out in the United Kingdom, Mike Savage goes beyond labels to explore how the concept of social class is evolving.
How is our country positioned in cultural questions? Understanding culture in its broadest form, the indicators presented by the Social Observatory of “la Caixa” in this section allow us to interpret how culture is interrelated, within a European context, with today’s social and economic reality.