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Ambiguities of Network Capital: Experiences of connectivity and integration among artists and craftmen in the cultural ecosystem of Arvika, Sweden
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication. (The Geomedia Research Group)
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6121-645X
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

To have the resources and the ability to travel, to have experienced foreign cultures, to have expanded social and professional networks, and to possess media-related skills, are valuable assets in today’s globalized society. Individuals may expand and interconnect their networks, thereby facilitating global connectivity and a global market, independent of location. This network capital can then be converted into economic-material capital. This paper, however, demonstrates that local circumstances play into how network capital may be beneficial and converted into economic-material resources. This study builds upon individual interviews with artists and craftpeople with a mobile life history in possession of national, and international networks and moving into or returning to the provincial municipality Arvika, Sweden. They experience themselves as integrated into, and valuable to, local cultural life. However, they are prohibited from converting their network capital into local assets due to politico-economic structures and traditions built into the local cultural ecosystem. Thus even though local and regional culture life could benefit from their network capital, our findings show that local cultural ecosystem may resist and distance itself from possibilities to engage in and make use of accessible networks. This problematizes the relation between network capital as a “currency”, and, the local place-specific cultural ecosystem.

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2015.
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-37930OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-37930DiVA, id: diva2:853423
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Geomedia 2015 - Spaces and Mobilities in Mediatized Worlds, 5-8 May 2015, Karlstad, Sweden
Available from: 2015-09-14 Created: 2015-09-14 Last updated: 2018-05-08Bibliographically approved

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