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Social class and arts consumption

The origins and consequences of class differences in exposure to the arts in America

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We are grateful to Paula Brown for research assistance, to Jane Gallup for typing and editorial suggestions, to Stephen R. Couch, Samuel Kaplan and Jerome Karabel for valuable comments on an earlier draft of this paper, and to the National Endowment for the Arts for research support. The opinions expressed are the authors' own and do not necessarily reflect the position of the sponsor. The authors' names are in arbitrary order, as this was a fully collaborative effort.

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Dimaggio, P., Useem, M. Social class and arts consumption. Theor Soc 5, 141–161 (1978).

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