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På tal om "mötesplatser": Om folkbibliotekspersonals diskursiva språkanvändning
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Speaking of "Meeting Places" : On the Discursive Language Use of Public Library Personnel (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is a discourse analysis analyzing public library librarians' talk on the subject of public library meeting places. Within the field of Library and Information Science the public libraries' functions as social meeting places have been scrutinized for more than a decade. Researchers in the Nordic countries in particular have looked at library users' use of the library space and have highlighted the sociologic dimensions of the public library and the meeting place functions. Few however have paid much attention to the library personnel's point of view. The discourse analysis perspective is about language use and how people construct the reality. Using the discourse psychology approach to discourse analysis as a basis of a discourse analytic framework this thesis examines how public library librarians use interpretative practises to construct versions of the phenomena talked about in order to suite the purpose of their talk. The analyzed data material is a transcript from a performed focus group where four public library librarians talked for about one hour on the subject of public library meeting places. The main findings is that the focus group members use eleven different interpretative repertoires in their talk. Interpretative repertoire is a close synonym to discourse. In Sweden the discourse analysis perspective in the Library information science is fairly new. Discourse analysis's made in the Library and information science has mostly been based upon written material. In the thesis it is suggested that there are differences in how discourse practises is being used in talk compared to how it is used in written texts. The talk seems richer on variations and more interpretative repertoires are to be found. The librarians in the focus group move seemingly free between discourses and subject positions. They don't just adapt to existing positions but also construct them to better suite their purposes. Different levels in the discourse order are not upheld in the talk. The impression is that the focus group participants float between discourses' subject positions and interpretative repertoires at all levels in a complex language-game allowing the librarians to take different stands that in a different context would be perceived as conflicting and problematic.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 107 p.
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 576
Keyword [en]
Public libraries, Discourse analysis, Social psychology, Librarians, Democracy
Keyword [sv]
Folkbibliotek, diskursanalys, socialpsykologi, bibliotekarier, demokrati
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-175844Local ID: 576OAI: diva2:533264
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Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-06-13 Created: 2012-06-13 Last updated: 2012-12-04Bibliographically approved

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