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The plasticity of policies: contemporary opportunities and challenges when public libraries enact cultural policy
Lund University, Sweden.
Lund University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9938-4785
2017 (English)In: The 8th Nordic Conference on Cultural Policy Research (NCCPR 2017): Helsinki, Finland, 23-25 August, 2017, Cupore , 2017Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study concerns how policy documents (the national Library Act, the regional Cultural policy, and the local Library plan) travel from statements to practices in Swedish public libraries. We aim to gain knowledge about potential tensions between political levels at a time when values inscribed in the Nordic model are challenged by political populism. What meanings are assigned to cultural policy documents concerning public libraries by different stakeholders in public library practice? How are the policy documents enacted in everyday library performance? Do the policy documents support or hinder librarians' performances?

A practice theoretical approach is adopted. Methods include interviews and observations.

Findings show that policy documents are important in various ways depending on the stakeholders' position, knowledge about, attitude, and expectations on libraries.

The diversity of policies offers rich possibilities for negotiations and the seemingly fixed policy documents come forth as plastic and ductile.

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Cupore , 2017.
Keywords [en]
ethnographic study, Public library, migration, cultural policy document
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Information Studies
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Humanities, Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-91886OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-91886DiVA, id: diva2:1391691
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The 8th Nordic Conference on Cultural Policy Research (NCCPR 2017). Helsinki, Finland, 23-25 August, 2017
Available from: 2020-02-05 Created: 2020-02-05 Last updated: 2020-03-16Bibliographically approved

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