This article seeks to elucidate changes over time and cross-national variations in the status of art forms through a comprehensive content analysis of the coverage given to arts and culture in elite newspapers of four different countries – France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States – in the period 1955–2005. The authors explore how cultural hierarchy is affected by specific features of these societies and their respective journalistic and cultural production fields. The four countries show significant differences in journalistic attention to high and popular art forms. Throughout the period of study, the American newspapers and to a slightly lesser extent, French elite newspapers generally devote more attention to popular art forms than their Dutch and German counterparts. In accounting for cross-national differences in the coverage given to popular culture, field-level factors like market structure and the position and size of local cultural industries seem more important than more remote factors such as national cultural repertoires and the level of social mobility

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Keywords art, classification, comparative research, journalism, popular culture
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Series ERMeCC - Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture , Centre for Rotterdam Cultural Sociology (CROCUS)
Journal Sociology
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Janssen, M.S.S.E, Verboord, M.N.M, & Kuipers, G. (2010). Classificaties in de Kunstjournalistiek. Sociology, 1–33. Retrieved from