Am J Cult Sociol https://doi.org/10.1057/s41290-018-0064-z ORIGINAL ARTICLE Between legitimization and popularization: the rise and reception of U.S. cultural products in culture sections of quality European newspapers, 1960–2010 1 2 3 Semi Purhonen · Tina Lauronen · Riie Heikkilä © Springer Nature Limited 2018 Abstract A prominent feature of cultural globalization has been the rising influ - ence of U.S. culture—and American popular culture in particular—worldwide since the mid-20th century. Relatively little is known, however, about the thoroughness, reception, and national variation of this alleged “Americanization” of culture. This study explores the rise of and reactions to U.S. culture in Europe with a longitudinal research design that combines quantitative and qualitative content analysis. Through an analysis of European newspaper culture sections from 1960 to 2010 (the unit of analysis being an article; N = 7322) and a close reading of articles concerning U.S. cultural products (N = 1009), we examine the extent to which the proportion of U.S. cultural products has increased, how characterizations of U.S. culture have changed, and whether the art forms discussed and the newspapers embedded in divergent European national contexts differ in these respects. The results contribute to, and in part problematize, previous knowledge on the role and meanings of the growing Electronic supplementary material
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Published: Oct 30, 2018
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