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Guest lecture with Philippe Coulangeon

Unveiling Cultural Shifts: Insights from Philippe Coulangeon's Open Guest Lecture

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Philippe Coulangeon, a guest researcher affiliated with CNRS/Sciences Po, recently captivated an audience with an open guest lecture centered around his latest book, "Culture de masse et société de classes. Le goût de l’alterité" (Paris: Puf). This engaging lecture delves into the transformed dynamics of social classes' interaction with culture in France, examining the impact of "double massification" over the past two decades – characterized by increased higher education enrollment and a burgeoning cultural landscape facilitated by the internet.

Coulangeon's multidisciplinary research seamlessly integrates cultural sociology and class sociology. His primary focus lies in unraveling the intricate social stratification of cultural practices, exploring the evolution of tastes, and identifying barriers to cultural democratization. Notably, Coulangeon has delved into the study of artistic professions and careers, offering a comprehensive view of the intersections between culture, class, and individual trajectories.

The core of his recent work, as reflected in the guest lecture, lies in a profound analysis of how environmental concerns intersect with lifestyles. Serving as the coordinator of an ANR research project on the social conditions for the green shift, Coulangeon pushes the boundaries of cultural sociology to encompass the pressing issue of sustainability.

Methodologically, Coulangeon's research adopts a quantitative approach, often combining econometric methods and geometric data analysis. This robust methodological framework allows him to draw precise and insightful conclusions from his extensive research endeavors.

Philippe Coulangeon's open guest lecture not only provided a glimpse into the rich content of his latest book but also offered a profound understanding of the evolving relationship between culture, social classes, and contemporary challenges. His unique blend of cultural sociology, class sociology, and a quantitative research approach contributes significantly to our comprehension of cultural shifts in the wake of societal changes. As Coulangeon continues to navigate the intersections of culture, class, and environmental considerations, his work remains at the forefront of scholarly efforts to comprehend the multifaceted dynamics shaping modern society.