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Festivaler som minoriteternas röst: upplevelseproduktion som ett medel för minoritetsspråk och -kulturer
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The situation for the minority languages of today is difficult. Many of them are on the verge of extinction if nothing is done. Liet Lavlut is a minority language festival trying to make a difference. Having participated in the making of Liet Lavlut 2008 I was inspired to write my thesis connected to that.The purpose of my thesis is: to investigate the festival form as a tool for revitalizing and sustaining minority languages and cultures, in this case by taking a closer look at Liet Lavlut 2008. My research questions are:• What are the qualities of the festival form that makes it useful for revitalization purposes?• In which way can the festival form work as a tool for revitalization and sustainability of minority languages?The starting point of my thesis is my participation in and observations during the festival Liet Lavlut which took place in October 2008. I have chosen a hermeneutic approach to research and my study has an inductive approach. I have conducted a literature review of theories and models within experience production, minority languages and revitalization. I then conducted qualitative interviews with participants and management of the festival. I have also used environmental scanning as a supporting method.Through categorization of the results of the qualitative interviews, a number of important aspects of the festival Liet Lavlut could be pointed out: identity and value, a meeting place, human rights and equality and visibility. Qualities of the festival form were identified through relating the before mentioned aspects to the results of the literature review. The qualities found were:• Identity-forming• A meeting place• Multidimensional and including• Helps to create valueThrough interpretation and conclusions of my research I was able to identify how the festival can act as a tool to revitalize and sustain minority languages:• Act as a communication tool for minority languages and issues such as revitalization, human rights and politics.• Create visibility for minority languages and cultures, language shift and language death.• Bring minority languages into an economy, the experience economy, and through that heighten status and increase value.• Can address a multitude of dimensions and aspects of minority languages and revitalization and offer a number of different experiences connected to it.• Encourage use of the language on a daily basis and enter the everyday lives of the minorities through different creative expressions.Experience production in the festival form can act as a compliment to the traditional methods for revitalizing and sustaining minority languages and cultures. The festival creates a meeting place and a stage where value can be created. The festival form is differentiated by the holistic approach which speaks for the use of the holistic models and theories within experience production. The festival give the minorities context and a voice. Minority languages and cultures can become more accessible through the festival. The festival form creates a forum where a multitude of questions can be addressed and challenged. People of different backgrounds, within and outside of minority groups, in between art forms, between different functions and different generations – they can all meet at the same place. This is where change can begin.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik, Festival, minoritetsspråk, revitalisering, Liet Lavlut, upplevelseekonomin, holistiska modeller, festivals, minority language, revitalization, experience economy, holistic models, upplevelseproduktion
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-50863Local ID: 8149f93f-75aa-4e3f-a3ae-9279e10a8a72OAI: diva2:1024226
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Professional Experience Production, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20150615 (global_studentproject_submitter)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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