Reframing the Relations of Media, Knowledge, and Innovation in Society
Highbrow, Omnivore, and Voracious Cultural Consumption Patterns in the Netherlands: An Explanation of Trends between 1975 and 2005
KOEN VAN EIJCK AND GERBERT KRAAYKAMP
Cultural consumption patterns are rapidly changing. In this chapter, we will study how and why such change occurs to assess the role of culture and creativity in people’s lives. Cultural activity, either being an audience member or being an amateur artist, can be considered a creative pursuit. But how has engagement in these creative pursuits developed during the last decades? And how are they patterned? To what extent do preferences for “highbrow” or “popular” creative or artistic products still imply different positions in the cultural space and, if not, what is it that cultural consumption patterns actually communicate to others?