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How do class, status, ethnicity, and religiosity shape cultural omnivorousness in Israel?

Tally Katz-Gerro, Sharon Raz and Meir Yaish
Journal of Cultural Economics
Vol. 33, No. 1 (2009), pp. 1-17
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41811009
Page Count: 17
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How do class, status, ethnicity, and religiosity shape cultural omnivorousness in Israel?
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Abstract

In this article we study the determinants of cultural participation in Israel with an emphasis on the Weberian distinction between class and status. The class measure is based on occupational groupings, and status is operationalized as a rank of occupations based on social distance. We expect that class will be less important than status in shaping cultural participation patterns. In addition, due to the importance of ethnicity and religiosity in Israeli society, we expect that these factors will be significant in shaping cultural participation. Data are based on two telephone surveys conducted in 2006 and 2007 of a random sample of the Jewish population in Israel. We find that, contrary to our expectation, class is more influential than status. We also find that ethnicity and religiosity are important factors that shape cultural participation patterns. We discuss possible explanations to the finding regarding class and status, with special attention to the role cultural policy plays in mediating the economic effect on consumer behavior. We also call for more attention to ethnicity and religiosity in studies of cultural stratification.

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