Understanding Cultural Omnivorousness: Or, the Myth of the Cultural Omnivore

  title={Understanding Cultural Omnivorousness: Or, the Myth of the Cultural Omnivore},
  author={Alan Warde and David Wright and Modesto Gayo-Cal},
  journal={Cultural Sociology},
  pages={143 - 164}
The concept of omnivorousness has become influential in the sociologies of culture and consumption, cited variously as evidence of altered hierarchies in cultural participation and as indicative of broader socio-cultural changes. The ‘omnivore thesis’ contends that there is a sector of the population of western countries who do and like a greater variety of forms of culture than previously, and that this broad engagement reflects emerging values of tolerance and undermines snobbery. This… 

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