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Cultural heritage, Democracy and the Labour Market
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2010 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This project aims to investigate if the system of ’wage subsidy’ coupled with of Lifelong Learning can result in more democratic museums and archives. The study is based on archive studies and field studies and qualitative interviews. Interviews was conducted with people in ‘wage subsidy’ programmes and people in management positions at Jamtli and the Regional Archives in Östersund and questions centres around Lifelong Learning, learning in general and the ‘wage subsidy’ system. The ethnographic material was analysed using theories on Lifelong Learning and workplace learning. I argue in this paper that learning is situated to certain contexts, e.g., the museum and archive, to the pedagogical profile, to the social and political context. I discuss these contexts in terms of Lifelong Learning and EU and Swedish labour market and cultural policies. I come to the conclusion that heritage institution is dependent on people in ‘wage subsidy’ programmes to continue to exist and to further a democratic heritage. I argue, furthermore, that Lifelong Learning needs to better define within the heritage sector if it is to be utilised in terms of labour market measures and democratisation of heritage. If museums and archives want to use Lifelong Learning as a method for personal development among people in labour market measures they need to better define the goals with Lifelong Learning. I therefore come to the conclusion that Lifelong Learning is best used as a method to approach attitudes to the society rather than investigate learning, as learning is assumed within this theory. If museums and archives are approached from this angle, Lifelong Learning can be used as a method to evaluate the heritage production.

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2010. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
Lifelong Learning, Democracy, ‘Wage Subsidy’, EU, Cultural Heritage, Museum
National Category
Cultural Studies Social Work Occupational Therapy Pedagogy
Research subject
Education; Cultural Anthropology; History; Caring Sciences in Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-144713ISBN: 978-91-7948-233-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-144713DiVA: diva2:394307
Available from: 2011-02-02 Created: 2011-02-02 Last updated: 2011-03-21Bibliographically approved

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