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Amateurs and Educators: Voluntary Organizations in the Swedish Culture Sector
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Department of Culture Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2010 (English)In: Third Sector Organizations Facing Turbulent Environments: Sport, Culture and Social Services in Five European Countries / [ed] Adalbert Evers & Annette Zimmer, Nomos , 2010Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This anthology addresses the topic of change. How do third sector organizations (TSOs) cope with turbulent environments? The book investigates how five European countries manage to adapt to the restructuring of welfare states and the expansion of markets, focusing on the policy fields of sports, culture, and social services. Despite significant differences across countries and policy fields, the book sheds light on a strong trend towards polarization within the third sector. There is indeed a blossoming of grassroots organizations strengthening local cohesion, but these organizations lack any lobbying power. At the same time, powerful not-for-profit organizations, heavily engaged in service provision, have emerged that work on par with commercial and public institutions. These businesslike organizations, however, are detached from any membership base, no longer providing avenues for societal integration.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nomos , 2010.
, European Civil Society, 7
Keyword [en]
Civil society, culture, Sweden, cultural policy, voluntary organizations, folkbildning
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-57105ISBN: 978-3-8329-5421-5ISBN: 383295421XOAI: diva2:323245
CinefogoDemokratiska lärprocesser i folkbildande organisationer
Available from: 2010-06-09 Created: 2010-06-09 Last updated: 2013-04-15Bibliographically approved

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