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Upphöjd, Hyllad, ifrågasatt: En studie av idealiserade föreställningar om kulturentreprenören
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Ethnology.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Elevated, Praised, Questioned : An examination of idealized images about the cultural entrepreneur (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to investigate dominant beliefs and approaches to the "cultural entrepreneur" both within a public context, and also among business owners within the cultural field. What happens when ideas and attitudes in the public sector towards culture driven businesses meets the perspective of individual cultural entrepreneurs?

This study is based on analysis of political documents about the cultural and creative industries (CCI) from the European union, national level and regional level. Interviews with six business owners in the field of culture and one representative of the Swedish region with the fictive name “Alma” has been conducted. The research is also based on participant observation in public seminars and conferences about the creative industries in Sweden. The paper mainly uses Queer phenomenological theory (Sara Ahmed) to analyze the informants life worlds and how they are oriented in the same. The study is also based on poststructuralist discourse analysis and the logics approach, developed by Jason Glynos and David Howarth when analyzing political documents.

This research shows there is a complex and contradictory approach towards the CCI and the cultural entrepreneur based on idealized images about the artist and the businessman, idealized images thats been existing in the discourses over a long time and which created deep structures. The cultural entrepreneurs are being described as the hope and future of the economy and welfare in Europe and its regions and at the same time as something very costly which no one really have faith in. This dual approach is a contributing factor to change being prevented.  

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2014. , 88 p.
Keyword [en]
cultural entrepreneurship, culture driven businesses, Cultural and creative industries, CCI, small businesses, cultural policy, idealized images, identities, logics
Keyword [sv]
kulturentreprenörskap, kulturföretag, kulturella och kreativa näringar, KKN, småföretagande, kulturpolitik, idealiserade föreställningar, identiteter, logiker
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Humanities Ethnology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-225454OAI: diva2:721732
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Available from: 2014-06-17 Created: 2014-06-03 Last updated: 2014-06-17Bibliographically approved

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