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A politics for readers, not for books: Current tendencies in Swedish literature policy
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT. Centrum för kulturpolitisk forskning. (Kultur, bibliotek, politik)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6482-731X
2022 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Historically, literature policy measures in Sweden have fluctuated between emphasising the production or distribution of literature. During the latest decades, there has been a new direction when reading promotion and the perceived lack of readers in Sweden has become the main object of discussion in the debate. In this short paper, I describe the current state of literature policy in Sweden, with a brief historical background. Thereafter some recent tendencies of literature politics are introduced, to highlight consensus as well as contradictions between different stakeholders. It is concluded that even though the Swedish book market is deregulated in Sweden, the readers are increasingly governed. The “turn to promotion” during the latest decade needs to be assessed to instigate a relevant and grounded discussion of the future of literature policy.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2022.
Keywords [en]
literature policy, Sweden, reading policy, literatur promotion
National Category
Specific Literatures Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-28833OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-28833DiVA, id: diva2:1707350
Conference
the 12th International Conference of Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR), Antwerpen, Belgium, 19–22 september 2022.
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2018-01078
Note

The paper was presented at the panel ”European literary politics and post-covid book markets”.

Available from: 2022-10-31 Created: 2022-10-31 Last updated: 2022-11-04Bibliographically approved

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