This is a working paper that's been submitted to a journal for consideration. The attached files are as follows:
- *Cultural-Values-Divides-Version-2-081117* is a Word document with the main paper, and can be considered as a standalone document or paper.
- *cultural values for socarxiv* is a Word document which is an earlier version of the paper.
- *BSA-Cultural-Workers* is a Stata file that generated the models in the paper
- *with and without* is an Excel sheet with the output from the Stata file
- *cultural-workers-plots* is an R script to generate the graphics in the paper.
A range of sociological research has pointed to cultural values, and how they differ between individuals and groups, as a key mode of explaining current social divisions. This is in the context of rising nationalism and populism on both the left and right. This paper explores the values of occupations central to producing and shaping contemporary culture. The paper uses data from the British Social Attitudes and British Election Study surveys to demonstrate important differences and distances between those working in ‘cultural’ occupations and the rest of British society. We find that the values of cultural workers are the most liberal of all sectors, as well as the most pro-welfare, and the most Left-oriented on average. We then validate these results with reference to declared vote choice at the EU referendum, again showing a divergence between much of Britain and those in cultural occupations. The paper concludes by questioning the function and purpose of cultural institutions tasked with imagining the communities with which their workforces share little in terms of values and political attitudes.