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Beyond the Book project: quantitative data and collateral documents

Fuller, Danielle and Rehberg Sedo, DeNel and Lang, Anouk and Engel, Lindsay (2008) Beyond the Book project: quantitative data and collateral documents. [Dataset] (Unpublished)

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Quantitative data and collateral documents of the AHRC-funded project ‘Beyond the Book: Mass Reading Events and Contemporary Cultures of Reading in the UK, USA and Canada’, (2005-2008, grant number: 112166), a three-year interdisciplinary project. The study researched a selection of 21st-century reading events which employ mass media (TV and radio) and city-wide reading projects which employ the ‘One Book, One Community’ model.

The primary aims of the transnational study were to investigate how mass reading events configure contemporary practices of reading and the cultural meanings of reading at local, national and international levels; to explain the uses and complexities of reading communities in different locations; to identify and analyse trans-national trends and differences in contemporary reading cultures and reading practices; and, to critique the popular function of literary fiction.

The file contains the merged data collected from a series of 9 online surveys of readers in Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Chicago, Huntsville (Ala), Seattle, Vancouver, and across Canada and the UK. Convenience sampling was employed. The surveys were advertised through adverts in newspapers, on-line advertisements; flyers and bookmarks distributed through public library systems and cultural centres; via email through the research team’s formal and informal social and professional networks. The data includes reading choice, habits and practices; participation in broadcast and community book programming; and, basic demographic information (anonymised). The statistical data is deposited in .sav .csv and .por formats.

NB. The data from a pilot study conducted in Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge (Canada) in September-October 2004 (funded by the British Academy) does not form part of the deposited dataset but this material does inform the published results of the ‘Beyond the Book’ project.

Collateral material includes: Codebook

Content was created between ca. 2005-10-01 and 2008-08-25. Content was saved 2008-10-31.


Type of Work:Dataset
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Historical Studies
Department:Department of American and Canadian Studies
Additional Information:

The results of this research project are available on the project website, and in published papers. For a summary of the project, see http://eprints.bham.ac.uk/155/

Data are contained in the ZIP file, in SPSS portable format together with the codebook. Additional copies of these materials, in their original formats, are also included.

Languages: English, French and Spanish

The survey was hosted on the project website (http://www.beyondthebookproject.org) while the book programming events were taking place. Individual data sets and collateral material for each collection site and the related documents can be accessed as follows:
Birmingham Readers Festival http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/65/
Bristol’s The Great Reading Adventure http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/66/
Canada Reads http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/67/
One Book, One Chicago http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/61/
One Book, One Huntsville http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/58/
Liverpool Reads http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/72/
Richard & Judy’s Book Club http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/68/
Seattle Reads http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/69/
One Book, One Vancouver http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/70/

Selected text from the project website is deposited at http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/49/

Date:August 2008
Projects:Beyond the Book: Mass Reading Events and Contemporary Cultures of Reading in the UK, USA and Canada, AHRC grant number: 112166
Keywords:The Big Read, Birmingham Book Festival, Bristol's Great Reading Adventure, Canada Reads, Liverpool Reads, National Endowment for the Arts , One Book, One Community, One Book One Chicago, One Book, One Huntsville, One Book, One Vancouver, Richard and Judy's Book Club, Small Island Read, Seattle Reads Books and reading--Canada, Books and reading--England, Books and reading—Research, Books and reading--Sociological aspects, Books and reading --Great Britain, Books and reading--United States, Book clubs (Discussion groups) --United States, Book clubs (Discussion groups) --Canada, Book clubs (Discussion groups) --Great Britain, Library outreach programs--United States, Library outreach programs--Canada, Library outreach programs--Great Britain, Literature and society--United States, Literature and society--Canada, Literature and society--Great Britain, Reading groups, Reading interests, Reading programs--Great Britain, Reading programs (Literacy), Reading promotion, Reading promotion—Canada, Reading promotion--European Union countries--Congresses, Reading promotion--United States, Reading public, Reading public (Library users)
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z719 Libraries (General)
Funders:Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Copyright Status:This unpublished dataset is copyright of the project authors and/or third parties. The intellectual property rights of the authors or third parties in respect of this work are as defined by The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or as modified by any successor legislation. Any use made of information contained in this document must be in accordance with that legislation and must be properly acknowledged. Further distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder.
Copyright Holders:University of Birmingham, Mount Saint Vincent University
ID Code:64

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