Pauwke Berkers

Pauwke Berkers
Erasmus University Rotterdam | EUR ·  Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC)

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Introduction
Pauwke Berkers is Associate Professsor Sociology of Art and Culture at the department of Arts and Culture Studies (ESHCC) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Additional affiliations
September 2009 - present
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Sociology of Arts and Culture; Contemporary Approaches in Cultural Sociology; Cultural Theory; Bachelor Thesis Class; Cultural Sociology
August 2007 - August 2009
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Methods of Social Science Research; Statistics; Bachelor Thesis Class
Education
August 2005 - December 2005
Princeton University
Field of study
  • Sociology
December 2003 - December 2009
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Field of study
  • Arts and Culture Studies
September 1996 - April 2003
Tilburg University
Field of study
  • Sociology

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Publications (73)
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Combining insights from gender, popular music, and celebrity studies, this article addresses to what extent British broadsheets frame Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty differently with regard to their rock and roll lifestyle. Our content analyses of The Guardian and The Independent indicate clear gender differences. First, Doherty's excessive behavior...
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This article addresses to what extent literary critics in the United States, the Netherlands and Germany have drawn ethnic boundaries in their reviews of ethnic minority writers between 1983 and 2009 and to what extent these boundaries have changed in the course of ethnic minority writers’ careers and across time. By analysing newspaper reviews, we...
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Combining insights from the psychology and sociology of music, this article addresses the extent to which the listening behaviour of young adults differs between men and women with regard to (1) preferred music genres, (2) gender of music acts and (3) omnivorousness. Drawing on innovative data from the music-based social networking site Last.fm, th...
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Grondbeginselen der sociologie is al 50 jaar hét handboek op het gebied van sociologie in het hoger en wetenschappelijk onderwijs. Het geeft studenten én professionals inzicht in de sociale relaties en maatschappelijke verschijnselen. Een onmisbaar standaardwerk voor alle maatschappelijk betrokken (toekomstige) professionals. Grondbeginselen der so...
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The global metal scene is a highly skewed field of cultural production in which women are greatly under-represented. As tokens, women are likely to be subjected to gender-biased evaluations, the male gaze, and are held accountable when breaking gender roles. This paper investigates the online gender dynamics in extreme metal by conducting a content...
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Music festivals have the potential to connect people, foster tolerance and are therefore often perceived as inclusive spaces. At the same time, previous research has shown that festival spaces can be exclusionary spaces, where social inequalities are aggravated. While festivals have dynamics of their own, they are organised on the basis of a specif...
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Inclusion and diversity have become paramount within the festival sector and beyond, often focusing on bringing together a diverse group of people within one space. Within leisure studies, there has been a longstanding interest in leisure as spaces where people meet “others.” Nevertheless, previous research found that physical proximity is often no...
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This study addresses the role of reputation in the career building strategy of early-career musicians in a transforming music industry. Drawing from interviews with 21 musicians, we find that musicians continue to believe that building their reputations within the established music industry is important for career success, despite technological cha...
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There is a growing body of literature around the concept of artivism, which refers to artists who use social engagement and activism in their artistic practices. Artists, however, are not necessarily perceived as political actors and are heard for their political activism only through a legitimacy cross-over from artistic field to political field....
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This paper seeks to understand the role of valuing in urban live music ecologies. It explains how multiple actors (e.g. directors of music venues, musicians, policy-makers, and real estate experts) in Dutch live music ecologies negotiate the different values of live music. To examine this dynamic, we use insights from literature on innovation ecosy...
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This contribution discusses the cause-effect relation between arts participation and Positive Health. To optimize the impact of art on Positive Health, it is necessary for the museum sector to join forces with healthcare institutions.
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This paper explores the working life of early-career musicians after technological innovations transformed the music industry. Based on in-depth interviews, a diary questionnaire study and post-questionnaire interviews with 17 early-career pop musicians aiming to build a career with their act in the Dutch industry, we investigate what day-today act...
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This study analyzes the general public’s framing of ‘mental health’ and critically assesses the implications of these findings. A mismatch between how people think about mental health and what messages are used in mental health campaigns may hinder attempts to improve mental health awareness and reduce stigma. We have conducted frame analysis by us...
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The global burden of mental health disorders has increased steadily during the past decade. Today, mental illness is the leading cause of total years lived with disability. At the same time, global mental health policies and budgets fall short of addressing the societal burden as mental health discourse languishes in the shadows due to stigma. As s...
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Artists creatively use scientific data in artistic information visualizations (AIVs) to address climate change. Yet, it is unclear how effective they are in making viewers consider climate change as important. To assess their reception, this research studies and compares AIVs in relation to four additional visual forms, which are common in the comm...
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Music can function as a powerful technology of the sexual self. Especially with the advent of music streaming platforms such as Spotify, musical playlists are used in instrumental ways to regulate the self and the social in intimate situations. However, something puzzling is going on with these sex playlists, as they are typically aligned with blac...
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The authors investigate how American and Dutch rock music consumers navigate the whiteness of rock music practice and discourse. In doing so, they address the complex connection between aesthetic categories (popular music) and ethnoracial categories and to what extent this relationship is open or resistant to structural change. Connecting literatur...
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Race-ethnicity and gender, while rarely explicitly considered for cultural consumption choices, are characteristics that can function implicitly in the classification of cultural content like films, literature or music. Embedded in classification styles – recurrent classificatory patterns in the habitual ways people choose, weigh and combine classi...
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Popular music can have a function in the creation of boundaries between groups, particularly regarding race and ethnicity. Music genres such as rock or hip-hop do not only reflect ethno-racial groups, but are often structured along ethno-racial lines. Based on a quantitative and qualitative analysis of 577 rock music album reviews, this article inv...
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This article addresses how the position of women music creators differs from men. We clarify the general differences as well as financial gender inequality. Therefore, we draw on two sources. First, Buma/Stemra ‐ a copyrights collecting society ‐ provided a member database, including approximately 28,000 members. Second, as this database contains f...
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Popmuziek speelt een belangrijke rol in de aantrekkelijkheid van onze steden. Gezien de dynamiek van zowel stedelijke ontwikkeling als de muziekindustrie verandert die rol in rap tempo. In dit artikel geeft het onderzoeksteam POPLIVE een inkijk in hun onderzoeksproject naar duurzame livemuziekecologieën voor Nederlandse steden.
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Popular music can have a function in the creation of boundaries between groups, particularly regarding race and ethnicity. Music genres such as rock or hip-hop do not only reflect ethno-racial groups, but are often structured along ethno-racial lines. Based on a quantitative and qualitative analysis of 577 rock music album reviews, this article inv...
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In Hungary, the decline of traditional peasant culture and its heritage has prompted urban revivals, leading to the acceptance of traditional Hungarian folk singing as a performing arts genre. Drawing from a series of in-depth interviews, this study shows how contemporary Hungarian folk singers navigate (define, learn, police) different forms of au...
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This study seeks to delineate the highly convoluted relationship between (rock) musicians and the state in late socialist Romania (1975–1985). By investigating extensive archival files originating from the Securitate records, Agitprop branches, and the ideological committees of the Romanian Communist Party, we examine how the Romanian regime employ...
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Various scholars have studied the relationship between music and politics. Most, however, focus on how governments and political parties on the one hand and movements and activists on the other use music for political outcomes and in doing so they often ignore the more latent forms of political participation music can lead to. This article, therefo...
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The chapter discusses Max Weber’s theories on leisure, how his ideas have affected contemporary leisure studies, and how his insights could inform future research. We focus on three aspects of Weber’s rich sociological legacy: (1) the Protestant Ethic and the absence of leisure, focusing on the relationship between religion and consumption, (2) bur...
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De Raad voor Cultuur oordeelde recent snoeihard over de gebrekkige aandacht voor culturele diversiteit bij de betreffende gesubsidieerde instellingen. En ook de Rotterdamse Raad voor Kunst en Cultuur was niet mals door te stellen dat de sector niet echt verantwoordelijkheid neemt bij het bedienen van zoveel mogelijk Rotterdammers, en niet alleen de...
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This article addresses the extent and ways in which gender inequality in the newspaper coverage of arts and culture has changed in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States, 1955-2005. Through a quantitative content analysis, we mapped all articles that appeared in two elite newspapers in each country in four sample years 1955, 1975, 1...
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How can symbolic boundaries in cultural consumption be simultaneously crossed and maintained by those with high levels of cultural capital engaging with low status culture? We propose that irony, due to its inherent ambiguity and detachment, is a consumption style that allows its users to simultaneously cross and uphold symbolic boundaries. In this...
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Studies have shown that learning to play in a band is largely a peer-based – rather than individual – experience, shaped by existing sex-segregated friendship networks. With the rise of the Internet and do-it-yourself recording techniques, new possibilities have emerged for music production and distribution. As male-dominated offline metal scenes a...
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Since Elvis Presley in the 1950s, rock music has been appropriated by whites, edging out non-whites from this music genre – and later heavy metal as well. While whiteness usually remains invisible as an unmarked category in western societies, heavy metal and rock music function as distinctly white identity markers. Hence, symbolic classifications i...
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This paper aims to explain the widespread attention to contemporary protesting artists among Western audiences by focusing on the case of Pussy Riot. Social movement scholarship provides a first step into understanding how Pussy Riot legitimately protests Russian politics through its punk performances. It then turns to the concept of cosmopolitanis...
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In een tijd waarin culturele scheidslijnen lijken te vervagen, zullen mensen naar alternatieve manieren zoeken om uitdrukking te geven aan hun identiteit. Eerder onderzoek heeft al laten zien dat esthetische disposities (hoe men cultuur consumeert) wellicht veelzeggender zijn dan concrete smaakvoorkeuren of cultureel gedrag (wat men consumeert). Re...
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Since the rise of Elvis Presley in the 1950s, rock music has been appropriated by whites, edging out non-whites from this music genre. While whiteness usually remains invisible as an unmarked category in western societies, rock music functions as a distinctly white identity marker. As a result symbolic classifications in rock music, such as aesthet...
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Dit artikel behandelt de mate waarin en de manier waarop genderongelijkheid is veranderd in de dagbladberichtgeving over artistieke genres in Frankrijk, Duitsland, Nederland en de Verenigde Staten van 1955 tot 2005. Via een kwantitatieve inhoudsanalyse van twee elitekranten per land voor de jaren 1955, 1975, 1995 en 2005 zijn alle artikelen over ku...
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Popular music plays an essential role in the mediated lives of adolescents (Christenson & Roberts, 1998). Pop music is regularly used for identity work, oftentimes situated in local and trans-local music scenes. Music scenes in general – and metal scenes in particular – are highly stratified along gender lines (Krenske & McKay, 2000; Vasan, 2011)....
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In contrast to most studies on cultural globalization, this article examines the dynamics of cross-cultural exchange between and within (Western) nation-states. Through content analysis, the authors study the extent and composition of newspaper coverage given to literary authors of non-Western ethnic origin—both foreign and domestic—in four nations...
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This article addresses to what extent literary critics in the United States, the Netherlands and Germany have drawn ethnic boundaries in their reviews of ethnic minority writers between 1983 and 2009, and to what extent ethnic boundaries in literary criticism have changed in each country in the course of ethnic minority writers’ careers and across...
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As a result of mass migration, the ethnic composition of western countries has become increasingly diverse. Both inside and outside academia, this development has led to heated discussions about whether ethnic minorities are - or even have to be - assimilated into mainstream society. In Assimilation into the Literary Mainstream, Pauwke Berkers addr...
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This article compares the classification of ethnic minority fiction writers in American, Dutch and German literary anthologies and literary history books for the period of 1978–2006. Using content analyses, ethnic boundaries are much stronger in Dutch and German textbooks than in their American counterparts. While, across the entire period, Dutch a...
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In contrast to most studies on cultural globalization, this article examines the dynamics of cross-cultural exchange between and within (western) nation-states. Through content analysis, we examine the extent and composition of the newspaper coverage given to literary authors of non-western ethnic origin – both foreign and domestic – in France, Ger...
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In contrast to most studies on cultural globalization, this article examines the dynamics of cross-cultural exchange between and within (western) nation-states. Through content analysis, we examine the extent and composition of the newspaper coverage given to literary authors of non-western ethnic origin - both foreign and domestic in France, Germa...
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This article addresses the extent and ways in which ethnic diversity has been part of American, Dutch and German national literary policy from 1965 until 2005. By analyzing the content of policy documents of the National Endowment of the Arts and the Dutch and German Literary Fund, I found that ethnic boundaries were weak in the USA, moderate in th...

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KISMIF CONFERENCE 2022 Keep It Simple, Make It Fast! DIY Cultures, Sustainability and Artistic Ecosystems 13-16 July 2022 Summer School ‘Rebel with a Cause’ 12 July 2022 Porto, Portugal + Online CALL FOR PROPOSALS From 27 December 2021 to 31 March 2022 Dates: Warm Up: 12 July 2022 KISMIF Summer School 2022: 12 July 2022 KISMIF Conference 2022: 13-16 July 2022 Venues: Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto Casa da Música Casa Comum Universidade do Porto TM Rivoli Barracuda Clube de Roque Plano B Ferro Bar KISMIF Convenors: Andy Bennett e Paula Guerra KISMIF Scientific Committee: Amélia Polónia, Ana Oliveira, Andy Bennett, Anthony Fung, Asya Draganova, Augusto Santos Silva, Ben Green, Carles Feixa, Catherine Strong, Dick Hebdige, Fátima Vieira, George McKay, Gina Arnold, Guilherme Blanc, Heitor Alvelos, Ian Woodward, João Queirós, José Machado Pais, Júlio Dolbeth, Manuel Loff, Mark Percival, Matthew Worley, Mike Dines, Nick Crossley, Nuno Faria, Paul Hodkinson, Paula Abreu, Paula Guerra, Paula Cristina Pereira, Pauwke Berkers, Pedro Costa, Robin Kuchar, Ross Haenfler, Samantha Bennett, Sara Cohen, and Will Straw. KISMIF Organising Committee: Ana Oliveira, Ana Rocha, Asya Draganova, Ben Green, Claire Hodson, Camille Girouard, Carlos Pinto, Catherine Strong, Devpriya Chakravarty, Elise Imray Papineau, Emília Simão, Esgar Acelerado, , Giacomo Botta, Gil Fesch, Hélder Ferreira, Henrique Grimaldi, João Queirós, Lisa Nikulinsky, Mary Fogarty, Matt Worley, Michael MacDonald, Paula Abreu, Paula Guerra, Paulo Nunes, Pedro Martins de Menezes, Pedro Quintela, Richard Frenneaux, Robin Kuchar, Samantha Bennett, Scott Regan, Sofia Sousa, Susana de Noronha, Susana Januário, Susana Serro, Tânia Moreira, and Thiago Pereira Alberto.
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This project has at its heart three significant research questions (RQs) that link popular arts, the production of culture, and cultural consumption to critical questions about social solidarities and social inclusion: RQ1. How do music festivals produce a social space where histories, identities, and publics are seen and heard? RQ2. How are cultural encounters consumed and understood in the context of music festival spaces? RQ3. In what ways can music festivals work to promote social inclusion?
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The KISMIF Conference offers a unique forum where participants can discuss and share information about underground cultures and DIY practices. KISMIF focuses on cultural practices that are often pitched against more mainstream, mass-produced and commodified forms of cultural production and mediation. Aligned with this is an anti-hegemonic ideology focused around aesthetic and lifestyle politics. KISMIF is the first, and so far only, conference in the world to examine the theory and practice of DIY cultures as an increasingly significant form of cultural practice in a global context. The conference has a multidisciplinary approach, welcoming contributions from the global community of scholars, artists, and activists working on all aspects of underground scenes and DIY cultures, and based on various methodologies — quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods analysis. The goal is to discuss not only music but also other artistic fields such as film and video, graffiti and street art, theatre and the performing arts, literature and poetry, radio, programming and editing, graphic design, illustration, cartoons and comic fiction.