Cirkulär ekonomi: ett levande och lärande kulturarv?

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In recent years, the term circular economy has become central in both research and politics. In
most writings and policy documents, a circular economy is assumed to presuppose a break from
previous habits and practices. Cultural and historical perspectives are often neglected, even
though most preindustrial agriculture and food systems developed methods for the circulation
and recycling of resources. This article aims to discuss whether circular economy can be consid-
ered a cultural heritage, and how a circular economy is manifested and made visible in cultural
heritage institutions. The article is based on a study of Kulturen’s museums in Lund, southern
Sweden, in particular Kulturens Östarp, an open-air museum with agricultural environments
with a focus on the 19th century. The article draws on interviews and observations to describe
how different dimensions of circular economy and sustainability are presented to visitors. Fur-
ther, the article discusses potential directions for further development, namely the challenge of
communicating the hidden knowledge condensed in artefacts, rituals, and proverbs to a genera-
tion of visitors that lack any experience of farming. The article concludes that Kulturens Östarp
provides unique opportunities to facilitate learning of how the movement away from a local,
circular economy to a linear, global economy took shape in a specific location.
Original languageSwedish
Pages (from-to)53-70
Number of pages18
JournalSvenska landsmål och svenskt folkliv
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Cultural Studies
  • Human Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Social Anthropology

Free keywords

  • Circular economy
  • cultural heritage
  • sustainability
  • museums
  • ethnology

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