The Rules of Reading: Examples of Reading and Library Use in Early Twentieth-Century Swedish Families
Author: Dolatkhah, Mats
Source: Library History, Volume 24, Number 3, September 2008 , pp. 220-229(10)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:In this paper it is observed that an orientation towards the library user is occurring within the field of library history. As reading is an important aspect of library use, it is suggested that library history would benefit from using approaches and perspectives developed by historians of reading. These approaches could be used to support the growing interest in the library user. A concept of 'reading rules' is applied to a source material consisting of retrospective interviews containing information on children's reading practices within the context of the family in early twentieth-century Sweden. It is thereby demonstrated that parents applied different rules to their children's reading, and that these rules conditioned the children's reading and library practices.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Gothenburg and University College of Borås, Sweden
Publication date: 2008-09-01
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