There is a growing literature suggesting that the classifications in arts and culture are transforming. ‘Cultural opening’ thesis suggests that the boundaries of established arts are becoming more permeable; allowing the emerging art/culture forms to take their place in the higher ranks. In line with this thesis, a number of researchers point out the rise of culturally ‘omnivore’ evaluative repertories. Drawing on the analysis of a data set (N=13,161) comprised of the cultural coverage of major newspapers from six European countries from 1960 to 2010, this research questions: How are art and culture news distributed in terms of their field? Is there a gradual change with respect to the journalistic attention paid to established vs. emergent fields? Can we identify a change within the genre hierarchy operating in a given cultural form (i.e. classical music vs. pop music)? The findings suggest that in the European context, cultural omnivore thesis has more explanatory power than the cultural opening thesis. Compared to
Europe, cultural journalism in Turkey seems to pay more attention to the emerging fields and popular forms. Conclusion section discusses whether this attention could be considered as a sign of an opening or omnivorousness.
Karademir-Hazir, IPurhonen, S
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences\Department of Social Sciences
Year of publication: 2017Date of RADAR deposit: 2017-08-09