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Riie Heikkilä

Riie Heikkilä

Postdoctoral researcher

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Welcome to my home page! I’m a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tampere. My research interests include cultural capital, cultural consumption, and social stratification, especially the non-consumers of culture, and comparative sociology in general. I earned my PhD in 2011 at the University of Helsinki. 

Selected publications:

Peer-reviewed articles

Purhonen, Semi, Lauronen, Tina & Heikkilä, Riie (2018) Between legitimization and popularization: The rise and reception of U.S. cultural products in culture sections of quality European newspapers, 1960–2010. American Journal of Cultural Sociology. DOI: 10.1057/s41290-018-0064-z (OnlineFirst 30 October 2018:

Lauronen, Tina, Heikkilä, Riie & Purhonen, Semi (2018) Cultural globalization on the printed page: Stability and change in the proportion of foreign cultural products in European quality newspapers, 1960–2010. Acta Sociologica. DOI: 10.1177/0001699318780977 (OnlineFirst 3 July 2018).

Fernández Rodríguez, Carlos J., Heikkilä, Riie & Purhonen, Semi (2018) ¿Hacia una mayor apertura cultural? Un análisis de la cobertura de artículos sobre música en la prensa de referencia de cinco países europeos (1960–2010). Revista Internacional de Sociología 76 (2). e092.

Heikkilä, Riie & Gronow, Jukka (2017). Stability and change in the style and standards of European newspapers' arts reviews, 1960–2010. Journalism Practice 12(5): 624–639.

Purhonen, Semi, Heikkilä, Riie & Karademir Hazir, Irmak (2017). The grand opening? The transformation of the content of culture sections in European newspapers, 1960–2010. Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts 62: 29–42.

Heikkilä, Riie, Lauronen, Tina & Purhonen, Semi (2017). The Crisis of Cultural Journalism Revisited: The Space and Place of Culture in Quality European Newspapers from 1960 to 2010. European Journal of Cultural Studies 21(6): 669–686.

Purhonen, Semi & Heikkilä, Riie (2017). Food, music and politics: The interweaving of culinary taste patterns, “highbrow” musical taste and conservative attitudes in Finland. Social Science Information 56(1): 74–97.

Heikkilä, Riie (2017). Suomalainen kulttuurimaku ja eriarvoisuus: ei-osallistujien jäljillä. [Finnish cultural taste and inequality: tracing the non-participants.] Kulttuuripolitiikan tutkimuksen seuran vuosikirja. 6–19.

Gronow, Jukka, Heikkilä, Riie & Purhonen, Semi (2016). Legitimacy of taste and ‘good taste’. In Kirsti Jõesalu & Anu Kannike (eds.) Cultural Patterns and Life Stories. Tallinn: Tallinn University Press. 393–427.

Purhonen, Semi, Lauronen, Tina & Heikkilä, Riie (2015). Into the great wide open? A comparative study of the contents of newspaper culture sections in the UK and Finland, 1970–2010. Research on Finnish Society 8, 5–18.

Wright, David, Purhonen, Semi & Heikkilä, Riie (2013). Comparing ‘cosmopolitanism’: Taste, nation and global culture in Finland and the UK. Comparative Sociology 12(3), 330–360.

Heikkilä, Riie (2011). Matters of taste? Conceptions of good and bad taste in focus groups with Swedish-speaking Finns. European Journal of Cultural Studies 14(1), 1–21.

Heikkilä, Riie & Rahkonen, Keijo (2011). ‘It is not a Matter of Taste…’ Cultural Capital and Taste among the Swedish-speaking Upper Class in Finland. European Societies 13(1), 143–163.

Fernández Rodríguez, Carlos Jesús & Heikkilä, Riie (2011). El debate sobre el omnivorismo cultural. Una aproximación a nuevas tendencias en Sociología del Consumo. [On the debate of cultural omnivorousness. Approaching the new tendencies in the sociology of consumption.] Revista Internacional de Sociología 69(3), 585–606.

Heikkilä, Riie (2008). Puhuva ryhmä. Ryhmähaastattelun käytöstä sosiaalitieteellisessä tutkimusasetelmassa. [The speaking group. On using focus groups in social research.] Sosiologia 45(4), 292–305.  

Heikkilä, Riie & Kahma, Nina (2008). Defining legitimate taste in Finland: Does mother tongue matter? Research on Finnish Society 1, 31–44. 

Heikkilä, Riie (2008). Bättre folk, bättre smak? Suomenruotsalainen itseidentifikaatio haastatteluaineiston valossa. [Better people, better taste? The self-identification of the Finnish Swedes in the light of interview data.] Yhteiskuntapolitiikka 73(5), 494–507.

Scientific books and theses

Purhonen, Semi, Heikkilä, Riie, Karademir Hazir, Irmak, Lauronen, Tina, Fernández Rodríguez, Carlos J. & Gronow, Jukka (2018, forthcoming) Enter Culture, Exit Arts? The Transformation of Cultural Hierarchies in European Newspaper Culture Sections, 1960–2010. London: Routledge. (CRESC Culture, Economy and the Social Series).

Purhonen, Semi, Gronow, Jukka, Heikkilä, Riie, Kahma, Nina, Rahkonen, Keijo & Toikka, Arho (2014). Suomalainen maku: Kulttuuripääoma, kulutus ja elämäntyylien sosiaalinen eriytyminen. [Finnish taste: Cultural capital, consumption and the social differentiation of lifestyles.] Helsinki: Gaudeamus. 

Heikkilä, Riie (2011). Bättre folk, bättre smak? Suomenruotsalaisten maku ja kulttuuripääoma. [Better people, better taste? Taste and cultural capital among the Finnish Swedes.] Helsingin yliopisto: Sosiaalitieteiden laitoksen julkaisuja 2011:5. (


I have currently received personal postdoctoral funding for a project entitled "Understanding cultural disengagement in contemporary Finland" (Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, City of Helsinki Urban Facts and Academy of Finland, 2017-2020) which aims at understanding the reasons behind the common yet not often systematically explored lack of cultural activities. The investigation will provide, for the first time in Finland, much-needed empirical qualitative data and a deeper understanding of the lifestyles of the culturally disengaged, offering key information for policy-makers and cultural institutions to deploy new strategies. My research is linked to the Dynamics of Cultural Stratification project, also at the University of Tampere. 

Until the end of 2016, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the research project Cultural Distinctions, Generations and Change: A Comparative Study of Five European Countries, 1960-2010 (University of Helsinki research grants, Kone Foundation and Academy of Finland). Our ongoing project explores the changes in the classification and social valuation of culture and the arts in five European countries – Finland, France, Spain, Sweden and the UK – in the past 50 years through newspaper data.

I earned my PhD entitled “Bättre folk, bättre smak? Suomenruotsalaisten maku ja kulttuuripääoma” [Better people, better taste? The taste and cultural capital of the Finnish Swedes], in 2011 in the research project Cultural capital and social differentiation in contemporary Finland (University of Helsinki research grants and Academy of Finland). My thesis explored the lifestyle and taste of the Swedish-speaking minority of Finland.

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