The social weaving of a reading atmosphere

Sequeiros, Paula The social weaving of a reading atmosphere., 2009 [Preprint]

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Discusses how public library readers in Almeida Garrett, Porto, create a reading atmosphere, focusing on meanings associated with aural conditions. Through a qualitative, single case study, ethnographic and interview techniques were applied. Readers’ actual practices and discourses, through a theoretical sample, and those of managers, staff and architect were analysed; a spatial analysis was undertook within the framework of social inequalities and power relations. Proposes the concept of reading atmosphere and suggests that its social production was based on a tacit, informal code of conduct in which some regular readers played an influential role. Makes some recommendations on service provision.

Item type: Preprint
Keywords: behaviour, public library, space, regulations, noise, social classes
Subjects: C. Users, literacy and reading. > CB. User studies.
Depositing user: Ana Paula Sequeiros
Date deposited: 18 Nov 2011
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:20

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