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A szlovákiai magyarok kulturális fogyasztásának mintázatai
Patterns of Cultural Consumption of Hungarians in Slovakia

Author(s): Marianna Mrva
Subject(s): Culture and social structure , Identity of Collectives
Published by: Fórum Kisebbségkutató Intézet
Keywords: representative sociological survey; Hungarians in Slovakia; culture; visiting institutions and events; access to culture; extent and intensity of cultural consumption
Summary/Abstract: This study explores the issue of passive cultural participation, in other words cultural consumption, of Hungarians in Slovakia. It presents the most popular forms of cultural institution and event attendance, followed by music, film and reading. However, its aims go beyond descriptive characterisation: it examines which features of social stratification influence and shape cultural consumption; it observes how different cultural programmes are interrelated, how they can be grouped and what the characteristics of visitors in each group are; and it asks whether the inequalities in online cultural consumption are different from those in the offline world. The study is thus primarily empirical, drawing on data from two representative sociological surveys of a sample of Hungarians in Slovakia. The main findings show that the consumption of culture by Hungarians in Slovakia is highly correlated with accessibility: its material dimension on the one hand and its physical dimension on the other. In fact, people with higher incomes have a significantly more intensive cultural life than people with lower incomes, but there is also an advantage of the urban population compared to the rural population. In addition to accessibility, cultural capital, gender, and age also play an important role. The study also shows, however, that these factors determine not only the intensity of cultural consumption but also the form it takes: some areas are more characteristic of young people, others of women, and others of high-income, highly educated people. To sum up, social situation and demographic characteristics are inseparable factors in cultural consumption.

  • Page Range: 63-90
  • Page Count: 28
  • Publication Year: 2022
  • Language: Hungarian