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The Blind Spot in Studies on Cultural Consumption: Focus on the Non-attender

Astrid Van Steen (UGent) and John Lievens (UGent)
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All too often studies on cultural consumption ignore the vast amount of respondents who do not attend cultural activities. Due to the lack of knowledge of individuals with a limited consumption pattern, it may seem that this group is a homogeneous set in which differentiation is small or non-existing. The aim of this paper is to characterize and segment this large group of non-attenders. In order to do so, we enclose not only demographic information but also information on private cultural consumption, leisure activities in general, barriers of cultural consumption and taste preferences. This enables us to get a more diversified and subtle image of the non-attender. We argue that a comprehensive approach of the sources of non-attendance is an essential enrichment for (1) the current debates on social stratification of cultural consumption and (2) research-based marketing strategies.
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social stratification, non-attendance, Cultural consumption

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Van Steen, Astrid, and John Lievens. “The Blind Spot in Studies on Cultural Consumption: Focus on the Non-Attender.” Conference Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Arts & Cultural Management, edited by François Colbert, International Journal of Arts Management, 2009, pp. 1–14.
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Van Steen, A., & Lievens, J. (2009). The Blind Spot in Studies on Cultural Consumption: Focus on the Non-attender. In F. Colbert (Ed.), Conference Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Arts & Cultural Management (pp. 1–14). Montréal: International Journal of Arts Management.
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Van Steen, Astrid, and John Lievens. 2009. “The Blind Spot in Studies on Cultural Consumption: Focus on the Non-Attender.” In Conference Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Arts & Cultural Management, edited by François Colbert, 1–14. Montréal: International Journal of Arts Management.
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Van Steen, Astrid, and John Lievens. 2009. “The Blind Spot in Studies on Cultural Consumption: Focus on the Non-Attender.” In Conference Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Arts & Cultural Management, ed by. François Colbert, 1–14. Montréal: International Journal of Arts Management.
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Van Steen A, Lievens J. The Blind Spot in Studies on Cultural Consumption: Focus on the Non-attender. In: Colbert F, editor. Conference Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Arts & Cultural Management. Montréal: International Journal of Arts Management; 2009. p. 1–14.
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A. Van Steen and J. Lievens, “The Blind Spot in Studies on Cultural Consumption: Focus on the Non-attender,” in Conference Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Arts & Cultural Management, Dallas, 2009, pp. 1–14.
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  abstract     = {{All too often studies on cultural consumption ignore the vast amount of respondents who do not attend cultural activities. Due to the lack of knowledge of individuals with a limited consumption pattern, it may seem that this group is a homogeneous set in which differentiation is small or non-existing. The aim of this paper is to characterize and segment this large group of non-attenders. In order to do so, we enclose not only demographic information but also information on private cultural consumption, leisure activities in general, barriers of cultural consumption and taste preferences. This enables us to get a more diversified and subtle image of the non-attender. We argue that a comprehensive approach of the sources of non-attendance is an essential enrichment for (1) the current debates on social stratification of cultural consumption and (2) research-based marketing strategies.}},
  author       = {{Van Steen, Astrid and Lievens, John}},
  booktitle    = {{Conference Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Arts & Cultural Management}},
  editor       = {{Colbert, François}},
  keywords     = {{social stratification,non-attendance,Cultural consumption}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  location     = {{Dallas}},
  pages        = {{1--14}},
  publisher    = {{International Journal of Arts Management}},
  title        = {{The Blind Spot in Studies on Cultural Consumption: Focus on the Non-attender}},
  year         = {{2009}},
}