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Method. The paper is conceptual, focusing on deepening the theoretical analysis. Analysis. Fraser’s elaboration on the concept public sphere is utilized alongside Chantal Mouffe’s concept agonism to critically discuss the perception of libraries as public spheres, and to explore the library as a place enabling multiple public spheres where different groups can strengthen their social identity and make claims of power.
Results. Two main risks with a consensus-oriented starting point are identified: Firstly, marginalized groups may be silenced when inclusion and shared values are emphasized rather than plurality. Secondly, when cultural and social hierarchies are ignored, the ‘others’ are turned into enemies and antagonism replace agonism.
Conclusion. If the notion of libraries as promoters of democracy and inclusion shall not result in upholding the status quo, we must go beyond what we know and make room for pluralistic communities and agonistic conflicts.
|Issue number||Special Issue|
|Publication status||Published - 2022 Oct|
|Event||Conceptions of Library and Information Science - Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway|
Duration: 2022 May 29 → 2022 Jun 1
Conference number: 11
Subject classification (UKÄ)
- Cultural Studies
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