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2018-01-30

Diversity a blunt tool in cultural policy

Diversity has become one of the most important concepts in Swedish cultural policy. But what it actually means varies greatly depending on the context, according to Linnéa Lindsköld, researcher at the Swedish School of Library and Information Science.

“Diversity is one of the most important and most used concepts in Swedish cultural policy. But how this concept should be defined is somewhat unclear, and therefore it becomes quite a blunt tool to work with practically”, she says. In a study on commission by the Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis, senior lecturer Linnéa Lindsköld investigated how the diversity concept was used in different cultural policy documents from 1972 to 2016. She found three separate definitions that stems...