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Diskussionen om folkbibliotekens samhällsfunktion: En argumentationsanalys av riksdagsdebatten om en ny bibliotekslag 2013
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper is an argumentation analysis on the 2013 Swedish Library Law in order to learn views on the roles and functions of a public library. There’s been a question raised by a number of politicians in Norway when asked anonymously about the contributions made by public libraries to a more democratic society in that they, the group of politicians included in the study, don’t see this role as essential. In contrast to this, the democratic role has been with the public library from its roots in educating the people and is being explained and explored in current library and information research. Furthermore the public library is also a crucial institution in that it’s one of few institutions actually working towards goals Jürgen Habermas calls the public sphere. The public sphere is a group of private individuals connected by society coming together in debate about common issues. Building on the idea of the public sphere, the public library’s democratic role becomes to ensure the possibility of an informed debate among all private individuals. This paper examines the perceived role of public libraries in the eyes of Swedish politicians by examining the debate surrounding the new library law (2013). I have found that politicians’ view of the Swedish public library system seem in tune with Habermasian thoughts on the public sphere. However, the arguments surrounding the cultural role of the public library seem to have been stuck at the same place for decades. The public library’s cultural role is to be a center for cultural expression and dissemination, which is an idea that adds to the interconnectedness among the private individuals in a society.

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2014. , 35 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-105566OAI: diva2:826663
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Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap
Available from: 2015-06-25 Created: 2015-06-25 Last updated: 2015-06-25Bibliographically approved

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