Denis Merklen

Merkel bcs2016

The library, a political institution?

Librarians and authorities frequently said that libraries are a political institution, and there are. But then, what kind of political institution is a library? And, which is the nature of this political actor in a concrete situation? We will try to answer to these question from the case of French libraries. How libraries fit into the French political traditions, and how they project themselves into the future. What is the role that libraries are in the current political situation? How do they cope with the social conflicts that cross the French society?

 

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