Cultural Participation and Subjective Well-Being in Latin America: Does Ethnic-Racial Ascription Matter?

Authors

  • Javier Reyes-Martinez Boston College

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47743/saeb-2021-0031

Keywords:

cultural participation; subjective well-being; ethnic-racial ascription; social exclusion; minorities.

Abstract

Cultural participation has been evidenced to bring several benefits to the well-being of individuals. However, the analysis of this relationship has been addressed mostly in the context of Westernized countries, without considering the diversity of populations in Latin America. Therefore, the aim of this manuscript is to explore the association between cultural participation and subjective well-being (measured by life satisfaction) in Latin America, considering ethnic-racial ascription. With data from the 2013 Latinobarómetro survey (n=20204), several ordered logit regression analyses were performed. Results suggest that read books, read news, attend movies, attend theater, visit heritage places, and participation in community celebrations are associated with life satisfaction. However, these relationships show differentiated patterns depending on the ethnic-racial ascription, which implies that the positive impacts of cultural participation cannot be attributed to all populations, highlighting a process of social exclusion where some individuals get benefits of cultural participation, while others do not.

Author Biography

Javier Reyes-Martinez, Boston College

Boston College, United States; Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico

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2021-11-26

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Reyes-Martinez, J. (2021). Cultural Participation and Subjective Well-Being in Latin America: Does Ethnic-Racial Ascription Matter?. Scientific Annals of Economics and Business, 68, 53–70. https://doi.org/10.47743/saeb-2021-0031