The Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion draws on expertise from across disciplines to gain international and comparative perspectives on how to extend cultural membership to the greatest number in society, to better understand the social and cultural processes behind recognition gaps, and to determine how social scientists and policy makers can respond to help make societies more inclusive.
Arturo Rodríguez Morató is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Politics and Society at the University of Barcelona.
Arturo is currently coordinating a large comparative project (UNCHARTED: Understanding, Capturing and Fostering the Societal Value of Culture) whose present challenge is to identify the plurality of values that emerge in everyday activities within the different areas of cultural practice and to analyse the tensions relating to how different actors in the cultural field construct, measure and rank the values they attribute to culture.
The ultimate question is to understand how the value of cultural activities and cultural works are established in the contemporary cultural sphere. Within this project, he is now leading several case studies in this line in Spain, on architectural firms, publishing houses and local and regional cultural administrations.
Additionally, beyond those specific cases, Arturo is also comparatively analysing other cases of cultural participation programs, heritage institutions and projects and other cultural administrations, studied by other project partners in Norway, Hungary, UK, France, Italy and Portugal.