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Cultural Activity Diversity and Community Characteristics: An Exploratory Study

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Cultural diversity has been conceptualized and studied in different ways. On the one hand, cultural diversity can be conceptualized based on people’s ethnic and national backgrounds. On the other hand, cultural dimensions are defined depending on people’s behaviors and traits. Sociologists further categorized the latter depending on the degree of typicality in cultural artifacts/activities and individual’s omnivorousness for cultural tastes. Although both aspects of culture-related concepts provide meaningful implications for urban characteristics, it is still unclear how these cultural dimensions are related to other characteristics of urban areas. This paper suggests a concept of cultural activity diversity, the diversity of cultural activities as a whole in a city. We provide an exploratory analysis of the relationships between cultural characteristics and socio-economic features across 14 and 28 urban areas in the U.S, respectively, using local event datasets.


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  • Cultural activity diversity
  • Urban characteristics

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    In this paper, the term “community” is used to denote any size of geographical boundaries in a general sense. A local community could range from a neighborhood to metropolitan areas. However, the data analysis in this paper precisely focuses on the Census Urban Area as the geographical unit of analysis.

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    U.S. Census:

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    As of August 2018, the demographic/economic data for 2018 is not available from the U.S. Census. Because the ACS data is created annually and does not change dramatically in a short period of time, 2017 data is reasonable to use for the purpose of this study.


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This study is part of a larger study in the first author’s dissertation work and has been extended from it. The first author’s research was partially supported by the National Science Foundation’s CHS program (#1816763) and through the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Maryland at College Park. We appreciate their generous support and reviewers’ constructive feedback.

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Lee, M., Butler, B.S. (2020). Cultural Activity Diversity and Community Characteristics: An Exploratory Study. In: Sundqvist, A., Berget, G., Nolin, J., Skjerdingstad, K. (eds) Sustainable Digital Communities. iConference 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 12051. Springer, Cham.

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