Participation: a tough goal in practice

Since the late 1990s, wide-scale participation has been a goal of Swedish cultural heritage management and cultural environment work. In her thesis, Malin Weijmer from the Department of Conservation demonstrates how the goal of participation creates difficulties that need to be addressed within public sector cultural environment work.

“It’s about which interests will be expressed and dealt with, as well as the reasonable interpretation of the political participation goal and what the exercise of authority should ensure,” she explains.

“The aim has been to study how ideas about cultural heritage and cultural environments are tied to attitudes about the role of cultural environment work in society, and feasible, reasonable demands in terms of cultural heritage and preservation.”