Chapter IV The modern audience of jazz
The modern audience of jazz
Demographic and socio-cultural characteristics of the modern jazz audience have been shaped in the long and complex macro-structural processes: changes in the interaction between the society and authorities, social structures and education which manifest themselves both within territory-based communities and their functional or institutional structures. On a micro-level the changes included transformation of the individual habitus and small social groups. For some of these individuals, participation in a dimension of culture called world of jazz seems to have retained its value. The present study was to determine the social composition of the jazz audience and to verify whether there occur any intergenerational reproduction and continuity of the patterns of this participation.
There is no irrefutable empirical data which would make it possible to construct the image of jazz audience in consecutive historical periods. However, the available secondary sources such as memoirs, diaries, recorded declarations, and general sociological knowledge enabled me to draw a number of conclusions. Firstly, over time, the jazz audience have grown in numbers and crossed the borders of urban area. Secondly, the growing cultural capital of the newcomers in the field of jazz (resulting from common access to high and higher levels of education) has contributed to their competence. And thirdly, as in the interwar period, this audience still consist of people of higher, social and economic and cultural status.
Therefore, the question is, how the systemic and economic transformations changed this...
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