Transnational Fields of Production and Consumption

Friday, 20 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC14 Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture (host committee)

Language: English

According to Meulemen and Savage (2013: 232), Bourdieu’s work on cultural consumption employs a “Franco-centric” model of cultural hierarchy, and most empirical studies of cultural consumption still focus on nationally-based fields (Meulemen and Savage 2013). This emphasis on the national at the expense of the transnational has been repeated in many analyses of cultural production. For example, many previous Bourdieusian analyses of popular music focus on fields at the local and/or national level of analysis and do not focus on the diasporic and/or transnational character of fields.

There is a growing literature that focuses on the transnational elements of cultural production and consumption. Examples include: Go (2008) on global fields and global arenas, Fligstein and McAdam (2012) on strategic action fields, Meuleman and Savage (2013) on transnationality and highbrow consumption in the Netherlands, Savage and Silva (2013) on field analysis in cultural sociology, Kuipers (2011) on the role of cultural intermediaries in the cultural globalization of television as a transnational cultural field, and Verboord, Kuipers, and Janssen (2015) on institutional recognition in the transnational literary field.

This session is interested in studies of cultural production and/or consumption that highlight the transnational character of fields. How can transnational analyses of production and/or consumption enrich our understandings of fields? What are the advantages and/or disadvantages in transnational studies of production and/or consumption? Of particular interest are studies that focus on popular culture broadly defined (music, food, fashion, literature, etc.), although all empirical subject areas are welcome.

Session Organizer:
Athena ELAFROS, University of Lethbridge, Canada
Saara LIINAMAA, Acadia University, Canada
Oral Presentations
Transnational Fields of Cultural Production
Christopher CHURCHILL, University of Lethbridge, Canada; Athena ELAFROS, University of Lethbridge, Canada
Cultural Consumption in a Globalized World : From Omnivorism to Cosmopolitanism
Sylvie OCTOBRE, Ministère de la culture et de la communication, France; Vincenzo CICCHELLI, Gemass Paris Sorbonne/CNRS, France