Handbook of Cultural Economics, Third Edition
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Handbook of Cultural Economics, Third Edition

Edited by Ruth Towse and Trilce Navarrete Hernández

Cultural economics has become well established as a subject of interest for students and teachers of courses ranging from economics to arts administration as well as for policy-makers and practitioners in the creative industries. Digitisation has had a tremendous impact on many areas of the creative economy and the third edition of this popular book fully reflects it.
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Chapter 44: Participation

Victoria Ateca-Amestoy

Abstract

Cultural participation takes many more forms than attendance at highbrow artistic manifestations. Both the opening of cultural boundaries and digitization pose relevant challenges to characterize and explain the ways and reasons for individuals to engage in cultural experiences. In this chapter, we discuss how the economic approach to human behaviour, by Becker, can be a suitable model to study differences in individual rates and intensity of participation no matter the ways in which participation takes place. Humans satisfy a cultural-appreciation need by accessing cultural goods and services combined with personal resources such as time, money, specific human cultural capital and social relations.

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