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The rhetorics of bad quality
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
2012 (English)In: Nordisk kulturpolitisk tidskrift, ISSN 1403-3216, E-ISSN 2000-8325, no 1, p. 7-25Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article aims to investigate the rhetorics of bad quality in arts and culture. Its focus is how bad quality is described, what kind of argument is used and to what extent descriptions of bad quality have something general in common. The article uses as empirical data reviews of different kinds of cultural expressions in different public media. To compare this kind of public cultural valuation with a quality evaluation that is a part of cultural policy, the analysis makes use of funding decisions from the Norwegian Art Council in the applicants’ disfavour. It deals with instances when the elusive property of quality is not present and has as a vantage point contexts where there is room for and a need to argue for the badness of certain cultural expressions. What kind of vocabulary is at hand for such negative discourses? In what ways can a piece of art or culture be conceived as bad.

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Högskolan i Borås , 2012. no 1, p. 7-25
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quality, art, rhetorics, bad, culture, Kulturpolitik
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Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1510Local ID: 2320/12143OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-1510DiVA, id: diva2:869567
Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13 Last updated: 2017-12-10Bibliographically approved

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