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Folkbibliotek som mötesplats för flyktingar: En undersökning av två folkbibliotek och deras potential att öka socialt kapital i samhället
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 180 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay points at the importance of public libraries as arenas of meetings between refugees and the local population, and by this - creating social kapital in the society as a whole. The researchers Aabø, Audunson and Vårheim have created theories about low-intensive meeting places, that means – neutral, public places where accidential meetings with different strangers can happen, which can create social capital and trust among each other. To complement these theories I also use Vårheim who have implementet social capital-theories to the sphere of public libraries. These two theories complement each other and can help me investigate two public libraries in a rural area in Sweden. My purpose is to see how these two libraries are used as low-intensive meeting places for refugees and if the libraries contribute to build social capital in the society. I am interviewing library personal and the two heads of the libraries. I want to see what services etc. they provide for refugees and overall their thoughts and attitudes towards the library as a meeting place for refugees. In conclusion I have found that neither library is very strong when it comes to the function of creating meetings between refugees and the local population. But overall they have open attitudes towards it, and they try in different ways to provide services for immigrants. I can see in the material that these libraries have a good platform and possibilites of creating social capital in the society, and in many ways they contribute to this.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 39 p.
Keyword [sv]
folkbibliotek, flyktingar, mötesplats, lågintensiva mötesplatser, socialt kapital, bibliotekspersonal, biblioteksverksamhet, glesbygd
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-35894OAI: diva2:731914
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Library and information science, 180 credits
Available from: 2014-07-04 Created: 2014-07-02 Last updated: 2014-07-04Bibliographically approved

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