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Att sätta Stockholm på kartan: en diskursanalytisk undersökning av debatten kring tillbyggnaden av Stockholms stadsbibliotek
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the thesis is to investigate the status of the public library field in contemporary society. This is realized through an analysis of the debate concerning the addition to the Stockholm city library as it unfolded in two morning papers.Critical discourse analysis is used as theoretical basis, combined with social field theory. The status of the public library field is elaborated on in relation to the field of architecture.41 texts, either debate articles or columns, constitute the source material. The critical discourse analytic approach is methodologically complemented with a method inspired by Paul Ricoeur's ”Hermeneutics of Suspicion”, in order to allow analysis of a wider source material.The analysis indicates that the public library field enjoys relatively low status compared to other social fields. Voices from the field are largely missing in the debate, and identities attributed to actors within the public library field by actors from other fields are negative. Notions, viewpoints and perspectives originating from the field of architecture predominates in the debate, discriminating those of the public library field, which are sparsely occurring and unelaborated. No significant impact on language usage, and consequently ideas and representations, across field borders is discernible, leading to the conclusion that no change in field relationships is imminent. It is argued that the absence of participation partly can be seen as a consequence of a better predisposition among actors within the architecture field to act in a mass media environment. A suggestion is made that the education relevant to actors within the public library field should convey an orientation to mass media environments, thus promoting the ability to participate in public debates. If the failure to appear in the public debate among public library field actors persists, there is risk that the field’s status will be further undermined.The thesis is a two years master's thesis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 95 p.
, Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 492
Keyword [en]
Architecture, Architecture - competitions, Debates and debating, Discourse analysis, Public libraries, Mass media - social aspects
Keyword [sv]
arkitekttävlingar, arkitektur, biblioteksdebatt, diskursanalys, folkbibliotek, folkbibliotek i pressen
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-125886Local ID: 492OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-125886DiVA: diva2:321164
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2010-06-11 Created: 2010-05-28 Last updated: 2010-06-11Bibliographically approved

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