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Det mångkulturella biblioteket: En kritisk diskursanalys av vetenskapliga artiklar ur ett postkolonialt perspektiv
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Multicultural Library : A critical discourse analysis of scientific articles from a postcolonial perspective (English)
Abstract [en]

Multiculturalism is a current issue in our globalized society, which also the

library field must relate to. In the Swedish Library Act from 2014 it is

stressed that users with another linguistic background than Swedish shall be

prioritized. However, an undifferentiated comprehension of what

multicultural services at the library really means prevails, and the underlying

values of the concept are rarely questioned. The purpose of this bachelor

thesis is to problematize the concept of multiculturalism in a library context,

by the identification of ideological patterns in the research discourse. Nine

Library- and Information Science research articles that discuss

multiculturalism at the public library have been scrutinized, and we found

that the articles are dominated by a palpable Western and colonial

perspective. Four discourses were identified in the empirical material, which

all can be linked to changes in the macro-sociological context. As a

theoretical and methodological framework we have chosen Norman

Fairclough's critical discourse analysis (CDA) in combination with Homi K.

Bhabha's postcolonial theory. CDA focuses on linguistic text analysis, in

order to uncover how discourses both influence and are influenced by the

social context, while Bhabha's theory questions how Western scholars create

an illusion of fixed cultural identities. By combining these theories we

wished to problematize the Western knowledge production, and initiate new

approaches regarding how to work practically with these issues. Our

conclusion is that there are similarities in how Western scholars depict

multiculturalism and ethnicity at the library, which might impact the library

practice in a negative way.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 48 p.
Keyword [sv]
Mångkulturella folkbibliotek, vetenskapliga artiklar, kritisk diskursanalys, Norman Fairclough, postkolonial teori, Homi K. Bhabha, mångkultur, etnicitet, kulturell identitet, kulturell bakgrund
National Category
Cultural Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-49695OAI: diva2:902337
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Library and information science, 180 credits
Available from: 2016-02-12 Created: 2016-02-10 Last updated: 2016-02-12Bibliographically approved

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