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ERIC Number: EJ875963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0024-2519
Problems and Possibilities: The Public Library in the Borderline between Modernity and Late Modernity
Rasmussen, Casper Hvenegaard; Jochumsen, Henrik
Library Quarterly, v77 n1 p45-59 Jan 2007
The public library is a product of modernity that follows in the wake of industrialization, urbanization, and popular movements, while at the same time the public library itself supports the building up and development of the modern. This article will examine the arrival of modernity and the prerequisites for the rise of public libraries, as well as some crucial aspects of the relationship between the public library and modernity. Furthermore, by means of contributions from recent significant sociologists, such as Anthony Giddens, Jean-Francois Lyotard, and Scott Lash, we shall discuss the implications of the development of late modern or postmodern society for the present public library.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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