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The Cascading Metrologies of Swedish Cultural Policy
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), School of Arts and Communication (K3).
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), School of Arts and Communication (K3).
2018 (English)In: Nordisk kulturpolitisk tidskrift, ISSN 1403-3216, E-ISSN 2000-8325, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 179-199Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The commencement of cultural policy in Sweden is analysed as part of global and networked socio-technical agencements, beginning with the transformation of the political rationalities underlying state support for theatre in the early nineteen-thirties and ending in the current moment, which is described as a phase of cascading metrologies. Using Actor Network Theory as a methodology, the article explores how cultural policy partakes in what Foucault has elaborated as the progressive governmentalization of power relations, whereby art and culture, in this case, is “elaborated, rationalized, and centralized in the form of, or under the auspices of, state institutions.” Specific attention is brought to the historical role of UNESCO in the governmentalization of art and culture, and its importance for the first Swedish bill of culture. The article also elaborates on the central role of metrologies in the process of governmentalization, whereby art and culture is subjected to measuring devices, and by extension, concepts and instruments that contribute to the progressive socialization and naturalization of novel art-effects, such as social and economic development.

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Idunn , 2018. Vol. 21, no 2, p. 179-199
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Art and culture, Swedish cultural policy, UNESCO, metrology, Actor-Network Theory, Governmentalization
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-1744DOI: 10.18261/ISSN2000-8325-2018-02-03Local ID: 27079OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-1744DiVA, id: diva2:1398476
Available from: 2020-02-27 Created: 2020-02-27 Last updated: 2024-05-07Bibliographically approved

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