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Not Quite på två ben: En studie av synen på kulturkooperativet Not Quite's roll för lokal och regional utveckling
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
'Not Quite' on Two Legs : A Study of the Perception of the Cultural Cooperative 'Not Quite''s Role for Local and Regional Development (English)
Abstract [en]

For the past decades, culture has been given a role as a factor for local and regional development. But what is meant by development and in what ways culture can be of importance in this aspect can be unclear. This thesis examines the perception of the role for local and regional development of one specific cultural place and network – the cultural cooperative Not Quite in Fengersfors, Sweden. I study the way the role as developer is expressed and interpreted in the discourse of the cultural workers who are members of the network and in the discourse of public cultural policy in the region Västra Götaland and in Åmål municipality. The study shows that there are both similarities and differences between the discourses concerning how the role as developer is expressed. What differs is the focus on economic growth, which is expressed to be of great importance in the public cultural policy discourse. The cultural workers within Not Quite express a lack of interest in economic growth, or even a negative attitude towards it. They instead express a ”discourse of meaning”. For them, the main purpose of their artistic work is to create meaning and value for other people rather than economic growth. However, the practical effects of the differences seem quite small. There seem to be a balance between the different kinds of development Not Quite is expected to contribute to, and the cultural workers express a relaxed attitude to goals and expectations from the Västra Götaland region and Åmål municipality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
cultural policy, local development, regional development, cultural policy discourse, discourse theory, cultural cooperative, cultural workers
Keyword [sv]
kulturpolitik, lokal utveckling, regional utveckling, kulturpolitisk diskurs, diskursteori, kulturkooperativ, kulturarbetare
National Category
Cultural Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36470OAI: diva2:822739
Subject / course
Cultural studies
Educational program
Cultural studies, 180 hp
Available from: 2015-06-26 Created: 2015-06-17 Last updated: 2015-06-26Bibliographically approved

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