This article aims to show, how sociological and communication research can be used as a sensemaking frame for, how networks can be applied in the work of cultural institutions. The traditional definition of these institutions as well as their politically defined (but often internalized) role understanding in the (one-way) acculturation process of ethnic minorities is challenged. Based on theoretical and empirical findings in sociological research and communication studies, another point of departure is suggested in order to show, how cultural institutions can contribute to a reciprocal acculturation process in future. It is argued, that such a role definition in a longer perspective also might provide better arguments to protect and to increase cultural institutions’ own legitimacy.
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
- communication networks
- cultural studies