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Migrant life stories as digital heritage
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2022 (English)In: Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, ISSN 2000-1525, E-ISSN 2000-1525, Vol. 14, no 2, p. 202-224Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract [en]

Following the ambitions of international and national policy makers to digitalizethe cultural heritage sector, a growing research field that deals with digitalizationand cultural heritage has emerged. However, it has been argued that too muchfocus has been placed on technology and information policy issues and thatresearch on how to achieve administrative effectiveness and preservation hastaken precedence over studies of different actors’ engagement, participation andaccess to cultural heritage. Previous studies have also tended to problematizethe “hows” rather than the “whys” of processes associated with digital heritageand digitalization. In addition, research has shown that collections documentingminorities and marginalized groups have been excluded from national strategiesconcerning the digitalization of cultural heritage. Therefore, the aim of this articleis to investigate why and under what conditions digital heritage about and withmigrants has been initiated, created and curated. We study the motives and theroles of different stakeholders in the digitization and patrimonialization processesof one collection containing life stories from migrants. Furthermore, in the articlewe understand stakeholders not only as decision makers, owners or managers,but also as any person or organization that feels affected by whatever happensto the object or piece defined as heritage. Consequently, a central element in themethodology of this research was the interviews conducted with crucial actors inrelation to their engagements with the studied collection. During the interviews,we paid specific attention to the different motives of the involved stakeholders andwhy it was important to them that the collection was created and digitized.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2022. Vol. 14, no 2, p. 202-224
Keywords [en]
migrants, digitization, oral history, patrimonialization, digital heritage, participation, co-creation, life stories, cultural heritage, digitalization, migration
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Social Work
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Social Sciences, Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-115260DOI: 10.3384/cu.4411OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-115260DiVA, id: diva2:1682122
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EU, Horizon 2020, JPICH 699523Swedish National Heritage Board, RAÄ-2017-5067Available from: 2022-07-08 Created: 2022-07-08 Last updated: 2023-06-09Bibliographically approved

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