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Lindsköld, L., Hedemark, Å. & Lundh, A. (2020). Constructing the Desirable Reader in Swedish Contemporary Literature Policy. Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Constructing the Desirable Reader in Swedish Contemporary Literature Policy
2020 (English)In: Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, ISSN 2000-1525, E-ISSN 2000-1525Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study contributes to a growing number of critical studies of reading that are seeking to understand how reading is constructed socially and politically. It addresses issues concerning why certain types of reading are deemed more appropriate than others in various contexts and historical eras. The aim of the study is to explore constructions of reading, reading promotion, and readers that can be identified in Swedish literature policy 2012-2013 in order to make explicit the implicit assumptions embedded in the politics of reading. This is achieved through a discourse analysis of the Swedish Government Commission report on Literature from 2012 and the subsequent Government Bill from 2013. The analysis focuses on the construction of the ‘problem’ that reading is supposed to solve, the subject-position of the reader, and the knowledge practices that underpin the construction of the ‘problem’. The analysis reveals that the main ‘problem’ is the changing reading habits of the Swedish population and the decline in the reading ability of Swedish children and youth. This is seen as a threat to several important societal values, such as children’s learning and development, democracy, “the culture of reading”, Sweden’s economic competitiveness, and the market for literature. Responsibility for the problem is placed on the school system, parents, and the use of computers and the Internet. The remedy is seen as the promotion of the right kind of literature. Furthermore, the analysis illustrates how the subject position of the appropriate reader is formed around the notion of the harmful non-reader. Similar dividing practices are constructed around youth/adult, pupil/teacher, child/parent, and son/father where the latter is expected to make the former a reader and thereby a desirable subject. The analysis also shows how two contradictory knowledge practices are joined together in the policy texts, where seemingly rational, objective, and empirical research is paired with humanistic Bildung values.

Keywords
critical studies of reading, literature policy, politics of reading, discourse, knowledge practices, Sweden
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-23250 (URN)10.3384/cu.2000.1525.20200527c (DOI)
Projects
Att skapa den läsande medborgaren. Offentlig debatt och politik 1945-2017
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2017-01542
Available from: 2020-06-02 Created: 2020-06-02 Last updated: 2020-06-03Bibliographically approved
Lindsköld, L. (2019). Att organisera skönlitterärt arbete i den sena välfärdsstaten: De skandinaviska författarförbunden och författarfunktionen. In: : . Paper presented at The 9th Nordic Conference on Cultural Policy Research (NCCPR), Iceland, August 28-30, 2019.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att organisera skönlitterärt arbete i den sena välfärdsstaten: De skandinaviska författarförbunden och författarfunktionen
2019 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med studien är att synliggöra villkor för författares skönlitterära arbete i den sena välfärdsstatengenom en analys av författarfunktionen utifrån centrala frågor som de skandinaviska författarförbunden drivit 2008– 2015. Materialet består av förbundens verksamhetsberättelser. Min analys visar att förbundens syn på skönlitterärt arbete bör förstås utifrån den traditionella, moderna författarfunktionen. Det skönlitterära arbetet betraktas som ett hantverk, varför förbundens primära ambition formuleras i termer av att säkerhetsställa författarnas ersättning och yttrandefrihet. Viktigt är dock även att säkerställa läsare – en idé som i sin tur kan knytas till den välfärdsbaserade kulturpolitiken och dess mål att sprida kvalitativ kultur till folket. Här kan vissa nationella skillnader observeras. De danska förbunden är kritiska till bibliotekens arbetssätt, medan man i Norge och Sverige föreställer sig ett läsfrämjande arbete baserat just på samarbeten med bibliotek och folkbildningsrörelser.

Keywords
Litteraturpolitik, författarförbund, Skandinavien, välfärdsstat, författarfunktion, bibliotek
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-21719 (URN)
Conference
The 9th Nordic Conference on Cultural Policy Research (NCCPR), Iceland, August 28-30, 2019
Projects
Att skapa den läsande medborgaren. Offentlig debatt och politik 1945-2017Välfärdsstatens litterära paradigm. Litteraturens funktion i Sverige 1937–1976
Note

Detta projekt har möjliggjorts med stöd från Åke Wibergs fond och Letterstedtska föreningen. Deltagande vid NCCPR 2019 delfinansieras med medel från Clara Lachmanns fond

Available from: 2019-09-12 Created: 2019-09-12 Last updated: 2019-09-17Bibliographically approved
Lindsköld, L., Helgason, J., Erlanson, E. & Henning, P. (2019). Forbidden Literature – Case Studies on Censorship: Reports from an Anthology Project. In: : . Paper presented at Literary Citizenship Conference, Oslo, Norge, 25-27 September, 2019..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Forbidden Literature – Case Studies on Censorship: Reports from an Anthology Project
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The following paper will present the key outcome of the research anthology project Forbidden Literature – Case Studies on Censorship, slated for publication in 2019. Through a number of case studies dealing with censorship’s past and present, in liberal democracies as well as in totalitarian regimes, the project reveals an historical continuum in which literature constantly appears as a phenomenon in need of regulation. Short reports of two case studies will be presented, exploring decisive aspects of the relationship between literature and society, the social and aesthetic function of literature and their transformations. The first case study deals with forms of literary analysis taking place in the courtroom, exemplified by an obscenity trial against a Swedish avant-garde comic magazine in 1989. The second study analyses cases in which Swedish city libraries have refused to acquire, or provide clients with, certain non-fiction works –highlighting an increasingly common conflict between public cultural policies and constitutional principles such as the freedom of speech. Together, the two studies show how the historical mode of visibility of literary texts is formed and transformed along with our understanding of what literature is and what it is able to do.

Keywords
Censorship, literature policy, comics, press freedom, aesthetic
National Category
Specific Literatures
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-21815 (URN)
Conference
Literary Citizenship Conference, Oslo, Norge, 25-27 September, 2019.
Projects
Att skapa den läsande medborgaren. Offentlig debatt och politik 1945-2017Välfärdsstatens litterära paradigm. Litteraturens funktion i Sverige 1937–1976
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2017-01542
Available from: 2019-10-09 Created: 2019-10-09 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved
Lindsköld, L. (2018). Google as a political subject:  The Right to be Forgotten debate 2014-2016. Online information review (Print), 42(6), 768-783
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Google as a political subject:  The Right to be Forgotten debate 2014-2016
2018 (English)In: Online information review (Print), ISSN 1468-4527, E-ISSN 1468-4535, Vol. 42, no 6, p. 768-783Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The aim of the study is to create knowledge on how Google and Google search are discursively constructed as a political subject suitable or not suitable for governing in the debate regarding the Right to be Forgotten ruling (RTBF).

Design/Methodology/Approach – 28 texts are analysed using a Foucauldian discourse analysis focusing on political problematisations in the media and in blogs.

Findings – Google is conceptualised as a commercial company, a neutral facilitator of the world and as a judge of character. The discourse makes visible Google’s power over knowledge production. The individual being searched is constructed as a political object that is either guilty or innocent, invoking morality as a part of the policy. The ruling is framed as giving individuals power over companies, but the power still lies within Google’s technical framework.

Originality/value – The ruling opens up an empirical possibility to critically examine Google. The value of the study is the combination of focus on Google as a political subject and the individual being searched to understand how Google is constructed in the discourse.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bradford: , 2018
Keywords
Right to be forgotten, google, information policy, discourse analysis
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15604 (URN)10.1108/OIR-06-2017-0198 (DOI)000444477500003 ()
Projects
Knowledge in a Digital World. Trust, Credibility and Relevance on the Web, Lund university
Available from: 2019-01-04 Created: 2019-01-04 Last updated: 2019-01-04Bibliographically approved
Lindsköld, L., Lundh, A. H. & Hedemark, Å. (2018). Knowledges of Reading: An Analysis of Swedish Literature Policy 2012-2013. In: : . Paper presented at The 10th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR2018), Tallinn, 21-24 August, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Knowledges of Reading: An Analysis of Swedish Literature Policy 2012-2013
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The paper explores problematisations of reading in current Swedish literature policy through a discourse analysis of the Swedish Government Commission report on Literature from 2012 and the following Government bill from 2013. The analysis focuses on problematisations of the reading citizen and the knowledge practices that have made these problematisations possible. A central problematisation is the declining reading literacy of children and youth, threatening children's learning and development; democracy; "the culture of reading"; Sweden's economic competitiveness; and the market for Swedish literature. This problematisation produce dividing practices around problematic non-readers and themore desirable readers. Other dividing practices can be identified around youth/adult, pupil/teacher, child/parent, and son/father where the latter should educate the former about the virtues of reading. Underpinning these problematisations are knowledge practices where instrumental policy actions, based on seemingly rational, objective, and empirical research is paired with humanistic building values.

Keywords
literature policy, politics of reading, discourse, knowledge practices
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified General Literature Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15058 (URN)
Conference
The 10th International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR2018), Tallinn, 21-24 August, 2018
Projects
Att skapa den läsande medborgaren. Offentlig debatt och politik 1945-2017
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2017-01542
Available from: 2018-09-03 Created: 2018-09-03 Last updated: 2018-09-06Bibliographically approved
Lundh, A. H. (2018). Läsning, tradition och förhandling (LÄST): Läsaktiviteter i svenska klassrum 1967–1969. In: Resultatdialog 2018: (pp. 73-76). Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Läsning, tradition och förhandling (LÄST): Läsaktiviteter i svenska klassrum 1967–1969
2018 (Swedish)In: Resultatdialog 2018, Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet , 2018, p. 73-76Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [sv]

I detta projekt har vi analyserat inspelade svensklektioner från slutet av 1960-talet med fokus på hur läsundervisningen organiserades. Resultaten visar att faktaorienterad informationsläsning gavs stort utrymme vid denna tid. Möjligheterna att försjunka i skönlitteratur var däremot få. Idag ses faktaorienterad läsning ofta som problematisk och som en ny företeelse som hänger samman med teknikutvecklingen. Vårt projekt visar att denna typ av läsning är en del av en längre tradition.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet, 2018
Keywords
läsning, läsandets historia, utbildningshistoria, svensk grundskola
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15554 (URN)978-91-7307-374-5 (ISBN)
Projects
Läsning, tradition och förhandling (LÄST): Läsaktiviteter i svenska klassrum 1967–1969
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2018-12-21 Created: 2018-12-21 Last updated: 2019-01-14Bibliographically approved
Lindsköld, L. (2017). En flerfaldig mångfald: Reflektioner kring mångfaldsbegreppet i svensk kulturpolitik 1972–2016. In: Kulturanalys Norden (Ed.), Vem får vara med?: Perspektiv på inkludering och integration i kulturlivet i de nordiska länderna (pp. 61-74). Stockholm: Kulturanalys Norden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>En flerfaldig mångfald: Reflektioner kring mångfaldsbegreppet i svensk kulturpolitik 1972–2016
2017 (Swedish)In: Vem får vara med?: Perspektiv på inkludering och integration i kulturlivet i de nordiska länderna / [ed] Kulturanalys Norden, Stockholm: Kulturanalys Norden , 2017, p. 61-74Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this chapter is to trace the conceptual history of diversity in Swedish cultural policy. Earlier research on diversity in cultural policy has mainly been devoted to ethnic understandings of the concept from 1995 and onwards. A longer perspective makes it possible to follow a cultural policy in transition. Cultural policy is conceptualised as a practice that reinforces certain values in a nation. The material consists of cultural policy documents published during the time period. Three overlapping understandings are found: diversity as variation (from 1972), ethnic diversity (from 1995) and an umbrella-concept (from 2007) including different social categories. The results reveal that the understanding of the concept has changed from being anti-commercialism to including private actors and 240 freedom of choice to achieve diversity. Another change has been a shift in focus from groups to individuals. Diversity may be seen as an outside goal, and a result of immigration policy and discrimination laws and not coming from inside the cultural field. However, it is mostly perceived as a positive concept, used to legitimate a cultural policy in liberal, heterogenic societies since the market cannot guarantee diversity by itself. A risk is that the concept will become too vague when it is used for many different aspects of cultural policy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kulturanalys Norden, 2017
Keywords
mångfald, kulturpolitik, Sverige
National Category
Cultural Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-13163 (URN)978-91-87046-46-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-01-31 Created: 2018-01-31 Last updated: 2018-05-04Bibliographically approved
Lindsköld, L. (2016). Ett användbart kvalitetsbegrepp: Kvalitetsbedömning i litteraturpolitiken. In: Knut Ove Eliassen & Øyvind Prytz (Ed.), Kvalitetsforståelser: Kvalitetsbegrepet i samtidens kunst og kultur (pp. 162-182). Oslo: Norsk kulturråd
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ett användbart kvalitetsbegrepp: Kvalitetsbedömning i litteraturpolitiken
2016 (Swedish)In: Kvalitetsforståelser: Kvalitetsbegrepet i samtidens kunst og kultur / [ed] Knut Ove Eliassen & Øyvind Prytz, Oslo: Norsk kulturråd , 2016, p. 162-182Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Norsk kulturråd, 2016
Keywords
kvalitet, litteraturpolitik, litteraturstödet, kvalitetsbedömning
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-9949 (URN)978-82-7081-179-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-05-24 Created: 2016-05-24 Last updated: 2016-06-01Bibliographically approved
Lindsköld, L. (2016). Review of: Wright, David. Understanding cultural taste: sensation, skill and sensibility. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 [Review]. The International Journal of Cultural Policy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of: Wright, David. Understanding cultural taste: sensation, skill and sensibility. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
2016 (English)In: The International Journal of Cultural Policy, ISSN 1028-6632, E-ISSN 1477-2833Article, book review (Other academic) Epub ahead of print
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2016
Keywords
taste, cultural taste, sociology of culture
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-11096 (URN)10.1080/10286632.2016.1248953 (DOI)
Available from: 2017-01-02 Created: 2016-10-27 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Lindsköld, L. (2015). "Att komma in i dom andras läsningar": En studie av barns upplevelser av Sommarboken. Göteborg: Kultur i Väst
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Att komma in i dom andras läsningar": En studie av barns upplevelser av Sommarboken
2015 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Kultur i Väst, 2015. p. 49
Series
Kultur i Väst skriftserie ; 2015:1
Keywords
Läsfrämjande, barn och ungas läsning, lustfylld läsning, Sommarboken, fokusgrupp
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-322 (URN)978-91-87229-20-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-06-29 Created: 2015-06-29 Last updated: 2017-05-02Bibliographically approved
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