Towards Culture 3.0 - Performative space in the public library

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The aim of this article is to analyse and discuss the development of performative spaces in public libraries from a cultural policy perspective. First, a framework of three concepts of culture, 1.0–3.0, is used as a tool to analyse the overall development of public libraries. Against this background, we introduce the notion of performative spaces in public libraries by highlighting Nordic examples. The tendency can also be seen on a broader level in European and North American libraries, where a ‘performative turn’ can be seen as the relationship between the library and its users, especially the younger ‘digital natives’. The rationales behind the emergence of performative spaces in public libraries are analysed and discussed: democratisation, empowerment and economic impact. This article concludes that the performative spaces are legitimized by multiple rationales in the same way as cultural policies and cultural institutions are legitimised today.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Policy
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2015

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - cultural policy, public libraries, performative space, economic impact, democratization, empowerment

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