The theme Culture focuses on culture in the sense of cultural consumption. Culture is a concept used in different contexts and has many meanings. In several projects at CFK the concept of culture is used in a broad sense to describe the living conditions and contexts of meaning.
Culture consumption may include arts, such as music, theater, film, dance and literature, but also cultural history, buildings and places. In the Culture theme consumption and production are connected for example when things are reused and resold, or when intangible cultural products such as memories, music, games, songs and rhymes are passed down and re-engineered. Studies of urban culture highlights the importance of places, and studies of heritage shows how tangible or symbolic cultural products are important parts of our common history.
Some projects within the theme focus on children’s and / or elderly person’s cultural consumption. Theoretical perspectives in these projects are age theories on the basis of, among other things, Foucault and Childhood Studies, and theories of participation and democracy. Other projects have studied urban culture in the sense of place status, specifically a flea market called “Kommersen” that has been studied from a place character perspective. In a large collaborative study cultural heritage is examined in the form of marketization of cultural routes in the city from perspectives influenced by economic sociology and market anthropology.