Abstract: Scholars of culture have been increasingly concerned with the roles played by interpersonal social networks in relational cultural processes. This article highlights the ways that social network composition and dynamics can shape individuals? cultural consumption choices and the ways that consumption can shape the structure of individuals? social networks. Attention is given to symbolic aspects of cultural consumption as well as practical aspects of consumption. While much of the research on this topic emerges from the sociology of culture, a broader focus illustrates productive links with health-based and cognitive perspectives.
Citation: Pachucki, M., 2015. Networks and Cultural Consumption. International encyclopedia of social and behavioral sciences, 2, pp.850-855.