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Norway/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.8 Social cohesion and cultural policies

To democratise culture has been a central aim of Norwegian cultural policy as long as the public authorities have had an active cultural policy. The ambition has been to ensure that the socio-economic background or geographical place of residence is no obstacle to participation in cultural activities. Similar to many other countries, the strategy for culture and social cohesion in Norway changed from the "democratisation of culture" to "cultural democracy" during the 1970s. Today, it is more accurate to describe the strategy as a combination of the two. Despite this policy, studies shows that socio-economic background is still crucial to cultural consumption in Norway[1].

[1]Mangset, Per, 2012.Demokratiseringavkulturen? Om sosialulikhetikulturbrukog -deltakelseBø: Telemarksforsking.

Chapter published: 20-03-2017

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