Olivier DONNAT
december 2011
36 p.

The retrospective analysis of the five editions of the Pratiques culturelles (Cultural Practices) survey conducted since the early 1970s has highlighted some major trends in the evolution of cultural practices, such as the huge increase in listening to music and the increasing prevalence of screen-based culture, the fall in reading of printed matter, the boom in amateur artistic practices and increased attendance of cultural establishments. It draws attention to the scale of renewed cultural practices, their feminisation and ageing audiences, whilst also reiterating that the generational forces linked both to the diversification of supply (both public and private) and to the profound transformations in French society often have to compromise with those forces hindering the process of democratisation.