Cultural Activity Diversity and Community Characteristics: An Exploratory Study

  • Myeong LeeEmail author
  • Brian S. Butler
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 12051)


Cultural diversity has been conceptualized and studied in different ways. On the one hand, cultural diversity can be conceptualized based on people’s ethnic and national backgrounds. On the other hand, cultural dimensions are defined depending on people’s behaviors and traits. Sociologists further categorized the latter depending on the degree of typicality in cultural artifacts/activities and individual’s omnivorousness for cultural tastes. Although both aspects of culture-related concepts provide meaningful implications for urban characteristics, it is still unclear how these cultural dimensions are related to other characteristics of urban areas. This paper suggests a concept of cultural activity diversity, the diversity of cultural activities as a whole in a city. We provide an exploratory analysis of the relationships between cultural characteristics and socio-economic features across 14 and 28 urban areas in the U.S, respectively, using local event datasets.


Local events Cultural activity diversity Urban characteristics 



This study is part of a larger study in the first author’s dissertation work and has been extended from it. The first author’s research was partially supported by the National Science Foundation’s CHS program (#1816763) and through the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Maryland at College Park. We appreciate their generous support and reviewers’ constructive feedback.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information Sciences and TechnologyGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  2. 2.College of Information StudiesUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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