Rasmus Fleischer

is a musician and freelance journalist. He is co-founder of Piratbyrån (the Pirate Bureau) and is editor of the anthology Copy me: Samlade texer från Piratbyrån [Copy me: collected texts from Piratbyrån].


The revenge of the beer fiddlers?

The regulation of amateurs in musical life

Cultural sociology has frequently described the growing professionalization of culture as an inevitable manifestation of socio-economic rationalization. Yet the persistence of the amateur in contemporary culture contradicts this picture, writes Rasmus Fleischer. The three hundred year-old struggle between professional and amateur musicians in Sweden shows that cultural professionalism is not a simple expression of an all-embracing economic logic, but generated and sustained by specific institutions.

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