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Representationer av migranter inom biblioteks- och informationsvetenskaplig forskning: En textanalys utifrån kritiska ras- och vithetsstudier och intersektionell teori
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Representations of Immigrants in Library and Information Science Research : A Text Analysis based on Critical Race and Whiteness Studies and Intersectional Theory (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the essay has been to examine representations of immigrants in contemporary library and information science research in a Scandinavian context. By analyzing nine articles from the past decade we examine the perceptions that exist in the concepts of multiculturalism, culture, race, ethnicity, religion, gender and whiteness and what role and importance the library as a place is assigned in relation to immigrants as a user group. Our study consists of a qualitative text analysis, a critical oriented close reading method based on critical race and whiteness studies and intersectional theory. We have, with the help of Sara Ahmed´s theories of hegemonic whiteness, demonstrated how multiculturalism is partly presented as something desirable and good, partly as something potentially threatening.

The discourse of multiculturalism can be said to express the notions of the other, which in the source material manifests itself by ascribing otherness to immigrants. We have, for example, examined how ethnical and cultural differences are highlighted by a separation of East and West, the library’s educational and assisting role in relation to immigrants as a user group as well as representations of whiteness, gender and clothes. In the analysis we point to a number of complex and paradoxical representations of multiculturalism and immigrants in earlier studies of the public library. With this study we wish to encourage further user studies to nuance these representations. The study is a two-year Master’s thesis in Library and Information Science written at Uppsala University.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 90 p.
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 669
Keyword [en]
Representation (Philosophy), Library science, Immigrants, Multiculturalism, Discourse analysis - Methodology, Critical theory.
Keyword [sv]
Representation (filosofi), Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, Invandrare, Kulturell mångfald, Textanalys - metodik, Kritisk teori.
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Information Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-253737Local ID: 669OAI: diva2:815901
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Available from: 2015-06-02 Created: 2015-06-02 Last updated: 2015-06-02Bibliographically approved

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