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Lindström Sol, SofiaORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-4331-4950
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Lindström Sol, S. (2023). “Participation is important, but—”: Professional rationalities of balancing acts in publicly funded cultural institutions. Nordisk kulturpolitisk tidskrift, 26(1), 42-56
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2023 (English)In: Nordisk kulturpolitisk tidskrift, ISSN 1403-3216, E-ISSN 2000-8325, Vol. 26, no 1, p. 42-56Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Cultural policy has seen a shift from attention to the producers of culture to consumers of culture, often called the participatory turn. Widened participation is a common argument for subsidising publicly funded arts; however, when realising participation as a policy goal, it can be fraught with tension. This paper aims to expand the knowledge of how cultural institutions resist participation. When is participation seen as problematic or undesirable, and why? How do cultural institution workers legitimise limiting participation? The analysis is based on qualitative interviews with civil servants and managers of publicly funded cultural institutions in Gothenburg, Sweden, focusing on rationalities of balancing values based on problematisations of participation and discourses around the institution's core mission. The respondents balance serving the public and the cultural field, popular knowledge and expert knowledge, and their professional and private roles. The article offers a model for understanding when certain balancing acts are more likely to occur than others. Ultimately, resistance towards participation relates to different ideas around the governance of culture.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Idunn, 2023
Keywords
public governance, cultural institutions, discourse theory, public engagement
National Category
Ethnology
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-31171 (URN)10.18261/nkt.26.1.4 (DOI)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, RMP17-0979:1
Available from: 2024-01-10 Created: 2024-01-10 Last updated: 2024-01-12Bibliographically approved
Lindström Sol, S., Kárpáti, A., Sarantou, M., Gutiérrez Novoa, C. & Remotti, S. (2022). AMASS Policy White Paper: Suggestions for Stakeholders and Policymakersbased on the Findings of the AMASS Project. Amass
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2022 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Executive Summary

Acting on the Margins: Arts as Social Sculpture (AMASS) is an EU Horizon 2020 research project funded under the theme of Societal Challenges and the Arts, which focuses on the cultural rights perspective of marginalisation and its effects on other forms of exclusion in Europe. Using arts-based interventions, this project aims to address marginalisation challenges through community involvement and community building. 

This white paper compiles the outcomes of research studies and previous arts interventions (Section One) and the European testbed of arts-based interventions (Section Two). These insights form the basis of the identified needs and corresponding recommendations, which can be read in Section Three. Below is a summary of the sections. 

As part of the AMASS project, qualitative and systematic literature reviews were performed to understand the current research discourse on the assessment of arts-based interventions with a social focus in Europe. According to our analysis, culture and the arts are framed as participatory, sometimes therapeutic, means of empowering individuals and communities to assert agency over their own lives, develop and express their identities and strengthen local learning and development initiatives. Our results also point to effects that can beproblematised as negative, such as the social reproduction of dominant groups’ values and practices at the expense of marginalised groups. Thus, the arts are not a given good but can depend on context. Previous arts-based interventions often lacked the personnel and financial resources to continue after the end of the funding period. In many cases, the assessment of project results was anecdotal or lacking. As a result, the power of the arts for social well-being and cultural integration could not be convincingly revealed. 

The AMASS European testbed included 35 arts-based case studies to evaluate the impact of these approaches in addressing marginalisation. The outcomes of these testbeds were compiled around tasks designed to achieve the following: 

1. Develop and sustain innovative artsbased projects 

2. Collect, analyse and evaluate data to measure the impact of the projects 

3. Encourage active participation as an added value 

4. Promote networking and new modes of dissemination to increase impact 

5. Sustainable use of public spaces to engage communities 

6. Renew the promotion of culture using technology 

7. Support cognitive development through art education

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amass, 2022. p. 39
National Category
Social Work Humanities and the Arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-28018 (URN)
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 870621
Available from: 2022-06-16 Created: 2022-06-16 Last updated: 2023-01-23
Lindström Sol, S. (2022). Developing a sense of place. The role of the arts in regenerating communities, edited by Tamara Ashely and Alexis Weedon, London, UCLPress, 2020 [Review]. The International Journal of Cultural Policy, 28(5), 637-638
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Developing a sense of place. The role of the arts in regenerating communities, edited by Tamara Ashely and Alexis Weedon, London, UCLPress, 2020
2022 (English)In: The International Journal of Cultural Policy, ISSN 1028-6632, E-ISSN 1477-2833, Vol. 28, no 5, p. 637-638Article, book review (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2022
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-28366 (URN)10.1080/10286632.2022.2078318 (DOI)000819529100001 ()
Available from: 2022-08-12 Created: 2022-08-12 Last updated: 2024-02-01Bibliographically approved
Lindström Sol, S., Gustrén, C., Nelhans, G., Eklund, J., Johannisson, J. & Blomgren, R. (2022). Mapping research on the social impact of the arts: what characterises the field?. Open Research Europe, 1(124)
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2022 (English)In: Open Research Europe, E-ISSN 2732-5121, Vol. 1, no 124Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the broad and undefined research field of the social impact of the arts. The effects of art and culture are often used as justification for public funding, but the research on these interventions and their effects is unclear. Using a co-word analysis of over 10,000 articles published between 1990 and 2020, we examined the characteristics of the field as we have operationalised it through our searches. We found that since 2015 this research field has expanded and consists of different epistemologies and methodologies, summarised in largely overlapping subfields belonging to the social sciences, humanities, arts education, and arts and health/therapy. In formal or informal learning settings, studies of theatre/drama as an intervention to enhance skills, well-being, or knowledge among children are most common in our corpus. A study of the research front through the bibliographic coupling of the most cited articles in the corpus confirmed the co-word analysis and revealed new themes that together form the ground for insight into research on the social impact of the arts. This article can therefore inform discussions on the social value of culture and the arts. 

National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-28677 (URN)10.12688/openreseurope.14147.2 (DOI)2-s2.0-85141957447 (Scopus ID)
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 870621
Available from: 2022-09-30 Created: 2022-09-30 Last updated: 2024-02-01
Johansson, J. Z. & Lindström Sol, S. (2021). Artistic Freedom or the Hamper of Equality?: Exploring Ethical Dilemmas in the Use of Artistic Freedom in a Cultural Organization in Sweden. Journal of Business Ethics
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Artistic Freedom or the Hamper of Equality?: Exploring Ethical Dilemmas in the Use of Artistic Freedom in a Cultural Organization in Sweden
2021 (English)In: Journal of Business Ethics, ISSN 0167-4544, E-ISSN 1573-0697Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With this paper, from the perspective of ethics at the workplace, we problematize the taken-for-granted assumptions embedded in the use of artistic freedom in creative processes. Drawing on the notion of inequality regimes (e.g. Acker, 2006) and using empirical material from a performing arts organization in Sweden, we explore how the assumptions of artistic freedom facilitate and legitimize the emergence of inequality regimes in invisible and subtle manners. Our findings indicate that non-reflexive interpretations of the concept of artistic freedom result in ethical dilemmas that impact the organization's pursuits of equality work. The aesthetic ethics oriented around the notion of ‘art for the sake of art’ tends to camouflage the centralization of aesthetic authority in processes where formal hierarchical structures are missing. Consequently, asymmetrical power relations between the Directors, actors, and producers are legitimized. Ethics of quality of art and that of the social ideal of equality have been constructed as dichotomic notions indicating that aesthetic ethics of art can only be preserved at the expense of social objectives of equality. We argue that the current interpretative practices of ‘artistic freedom’ in some cultural organizations add little value of ethics to the freedom of expressing artistic opinions and in achieving the social ideal of equality but lead to the emergence of inequality regimes in the artistic work processes. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2021
Keywords
Aesthetic authority, Artistic freedom, Diversity and inclusion, Equality, Inequality regime
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-25997 (URN)10.1007/s10551-021-04811-6 (DOI)000641684100001 ()2-s2.0-85104969096 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, RMP18-1034:1
Available from: 2021-07-08 Created: 2021-07-08 Last updated: 2023-03-18
Gustrén, C., Lindström Sol, S., Johannisson, J. & Blomgren, R. (2021). Artistic Means of Social Change: Arts-Based Interventions for Addressing Marginalisation in a European Context. inVISIBILIDADES, 15, 12-21
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Artistic Means of Social Change: Arts-Based Interventions for Addressing Marginalisation in a European Context
2021 (English)In: inVISIBILIDADES, ISSN 1647-0508, Vol. 15, p. 12-21Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we present the analysis of a state-of-the-art review made as part of the Horizon 2020 EU-funded project AMASS (Acting on the Margins: Arts as SocialSculpture), which aims to address challenges of marginalisation in Europe through arts-based interventions. This study analyses researched-based materials on the social impact of the arts, theoretically underpinned by an understanding of the role of the arts in conjunction with the problematisation of social marginalisation. We found three ways to understand the social impact of the arts in the material; as a participatory means to agency and empowerment, identity and expression, and learning and development. These categories are related to analytically derived positions of marginalisation as predominantly structural- or more individual-based. Art is conceived of as a way to bridge these positions through an understanding of its educational qualities. These categories offer a fruitful but also potentially limited role of the arts in society.

Keywords
literature review, grey literature, socially engaged arts, cultural policy
National Category
Cultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-27298 (URN)
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 870621
Available from: 2022-01-17 Created: 2022-01-17 Last updated: 2023-03-18Bibliographically approved
Lindström Sol, S. (2021). Delaktighet i kulturen, en forskningsöversikt. Göteborg
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2021 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: , 2021
National Category
Cultural Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-26788 (URN)978-91-985957-6-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-10-22 Created: 2021-10-22 Last updated: 2023-03-18Bibliographically approved
Lindström Sol, S. (2021). Delaktighet i kulturpolitiken: Rapport från forskningsprojektet Delaktighetsprocesser i Kulturförvaltningen Göteborgs stad. Göteborg
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Delaktighet i kulturpolitiken: Rapport från forskningsprojektet Delaktighetsprocesser i Kulturförvaltningen Göteborgs stad
2021 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: , 2021. p. 7
National Category
Cultural Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-26787 (URN)978-91-985957-5-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-10-22 Created: 2021-10-22 Last updated: 2023-03-18Bibliographically approved
Lindström Sol, S. & Ekholm, D. (2021). Integrating cultural and social policy through family home visits in suburban areas of exclusion: examining the rationalities of Bookstart Göteborg. The International Journal of Cultural Policy, 27(7), 952-966
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Integrating cultural and social policy through family home visits in suburban areas of exclusion: examining the rationalities of Bookstart Göteborg
2021 (English)In: The International Journal of Cultural Policy, ISSN 1028-6632, E-ISSN 1477-2833, Vol. 27, no 7, p. 952-966Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the rationality of the Bookstart home-visiting programme in Gothenburg, Sweden, concerning its general ambition to provide social inclusion through mixing cultural- and welfare policy. Through the Bookstart programme, librarians visit families in their homes to inform and instruct parents about reading books for their children to enhance language learning. The areas of the city chosen for intervention were described as socially vulnerable, typically with a majority of citizens born outside Sweden. The analysis outlines the rationality and technologies formed in a philanthropist tradition, targeting the moral potential of parenting and creating the subjectivities of the reading parent and child. Different welfare professionals employ slightly different discourses but all base their legitimacy on the benign power of knowledge about what is best for children in the city. Through this analysis, we contribute to the knowledge of how cultural policy is integrated into social policy in the contemporary advanced liberal welfare state. © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2021
Keywords
Bookstart, governmental rationality, home-visits, social exclusion, Social impact, social policy
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-26016 (URN)10.1080/10286632.2020.1860031 (DOI)000605697700001 ()2-s2.0-85099286150 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, RMP17-0979:1
Available from: 2021-07-08 Created: 2021-07-08 Last updated: 2023-03-18Bibliographically approved
Lindström Sol, S. (2019). Equal Access or Empowerment?: Understanding youth participation in cultural institutions through two Swedish case studies.. Conjunctions: transdisciplinary journal of cultural participation, 6(1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Equal Access or Empowerment?: Understanding youth participation in cultural institutions through two Swedish case studies.
2019 (English)In: Conjunctions: transdisciplinary journal of cultural participation, E-ISSN 2246-3755, Vol. 6, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The concept of cultural participation is seldom defined in policy but carries a positive connotation. The aim of this article is to understand how participation is made meaningful by policy stakeholders, exemplified by a swedish municipality, with special attention directed towards two cultural institutions working to enhance young people’s participation. The analysis considered levels of interest in participation, from the policy level, managerial level and civil servant level. The analysis found the meaning of participation shifted from a focus on equal access to empowering young people as a marginalised group, mirroring theories of a shift from a cultural democratisation paradigm to a cultural democracy paradigm in cultural policy. The civil servants shared an understanding that it is possible to distribute power from adults to young people, but the overlap of the two paradigms in the goal of achieving participation resulted in tensions and paradoxes regarding the issue of negotiating power.  

Keywords
Young people, cultural participation, cultural policy, empowerment
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-22661 (URN)10.7146/tjcp.v6i1.117320 (DOI)
Projects
Deltagardrivna processer i offentlig verksamhet, Kulturförvaltningen Göteborgs stad
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, RMP17-0979:1
Available from: 2020-01-23 Created: 2020-01-23 Last updated: 2020-02-04Bibliographically approved
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