© 2016

Performing Legitimacy

Studies in High Culture and the Public Sphere


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Håkon Larsen
    Pages 127-139
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 141-146

About this book


This book is an investigation of the cultural work involved in the social process of achieving and maintaining legitimacy as a not-for-profit arts or media organization in the twenty-first century. Within this work, Larsen advances an approach to studying organizational legitimacy, emanating from within cultural sociology. More specifically, he analyzes the legitimation work done in public service broadcasters in the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.    


Media Arts Culture Performance Civic Arts Opera

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Human GeographyUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

About the authors

Håkon Larsen is an Associate Professor at the Department of Social Sciences, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway. He is also a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University, USA. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Performing Legitimacy
  • Book Subtitle Studies in High Culture and the Public Sphere
  • Authors Håkon Larsen
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-31046-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80949-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-31047-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 146
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Culture
    Media Sociology
    Cultural Studies
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“Larsen is advancing a cultural approach to organizational legitimacy in contrast to neo-institutional approaches. As a coherent piece of work, it is a major achievement that can be expected to be discussed internationally, especially since it raises issues of general importance, theoretically and politically.” (Karin Widerberg, Professor of Sociology, University of Oslo, Norway)

“This is an important and most original contribution to the field of comparative cultural sociology. Larsen convincingly adopts a pluralist approach to theory and his empirical research generates very significant insights. This book should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in the field.” (Jean-Pascal Daloz, CNRS Research Professor, University of Strasbourg, France)