Categorization is the Problem: The Positioning of Nijmegen’s Non-traditional Cultural Initiatives and Organizations in the Cultural Sector
This master's thesis explores the positioning of non-traditional cultural organizations and initiatives in Nijmegen within the broader cultural sector. These initiatives defy conventional categorizations and go beyond the boundaries of established art institutions. Drawing on a multidisciplinary theoretical framework, this thesis examines the characteristics, values, and contexts of these organizations. Three case studies are analyzed in-depth through semi-structured interviews. The findings reveal that the case studies exhibit varying degrees of non-traditional characteristics, with each organization facing unique tensions and challenges within the sector. The research highlights the complexities of the phenomenon and contributes to the ongoing dialogue on non-traditional cultural initiatives, emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary research. Furthermore, it highlights the challenges of categorizing non-traditional organizations and their policy implications. The research underscores the need to revisit cultural policies to better support and integrate non-traditional organizations and the importance of interdisciplinary research in bridging the cultural and social sectors.
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