The rising power of screens

Changing cultural practices in France, from 1973 to 2008

Authored by: Olivier Donnat

Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture

Print publication date:  September  2015
Online publication date:  September  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415855112
eBook ISBN: 9780203740248
Adobe ISBN: 9781135008895


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An analysis of the results of the five editions of the French government survey on cultural practices, Pratiques culturelles des Français, conducted since the early 1970s 1 , gives an overview of the major trends in media use and participation in cultural life. This medium-term perspective is particularly valuable at a time when it is tempting to present the effects of the ‘digital revolution’ as radical changes, while ignoring all the elements of continuity with the previous period.

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