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The Poetics and Politics of the Swedish Model for Contemporary Collecting
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Culture, Society and Media Production - KSM.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7361-3068
2014 (English)In: Museum and Society, Vol. 14, no 1, 14-28 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Between 1977 and 2011 the Swedish organization Samdok presented a nationwide programme for contemporary museum collecting, including an increasingly flexible intellectual and methodological framework. This article considers Samdok, its evolving programmes and self-presentations. It suggests that Samdok.s selfimage was one of inclusive progressiveness, social engagement and equality. It also suggests that they display four major rhetorical shifts: from an economic rationale to a social and cultural approach; from studies of a welfare state based´on industrial production to fieldwork concerning the adaptation to a postindustrial economy; from modern to post-modern epistemologies; and finally from engineering collecting to networking collecting, connecting contemporary collecting in Sweden to a transnational professional community. It is suggested that the case of Samdok casts light on the ways in which museums negotiate managerial issues, professional values and needs for inspiration and friendship.

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Museum Studies Leicester , 2014. Vol. 14, no 1, 14-28 p.
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museums, contemporary collecting, poetic, politics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114953OAI: diva2:796981
Eunamus. European National Museums: Identity Politics, the uses of the past and the european citizen
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme
Available from: 2015-03-20 Created: 2015-03-06 Last updated: 2015-03-24Bibliographically approved

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