Volume 86, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0025-9454
  • E-ISSN: 1876-2816


Social mobility and expectations towards films.

The present study focuses on the effect of social mobility on taste: is taste predominantly shaped during primary socialization, or is it the result of a multitude of socializing experiences? As a measure of taste we consider four aesthetic expectations towards films – attitudes towards innovative, emotional, action and normative dimensions of films. Using data from a large-scale survey among the Flemish population (n = 2,849) and applying diagonal reference models, results show that each disposition is affected differently by social mobility. The innovative disposition is guided by the socialization context associated with the highest social status. The emotional and action disposition are influenced by both primary and secondary socialization, and the normative disposition is predominantly shaped by the secondary socialization context. We explain these different effects by the specific nature and status of the different dispositions.


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