Perspective culturelle sur le multimédia québécois : ethnographie de l'organisation sectorielle en région

Authors: Racine, Michel
Advisor: Bherer, Harold
Abstract: This thesis, undertaken in organizational culture studies, uses an interpretative approach to describe the cultural currents that circulate in a milieu where the multimedia field is evolving in a region of the province of Quebec (Canada). This milieu is made up of SMEs, mostly located in a territory eligible for a provincial designated-site tax credit program. In addition, government bodies and intermediary economic groups support SME development. Representatives of all these organizations constitute the research field, some of them being considered as cultural current bearers and producers. By defining culture as an interpretable meaning system and by conceiving of it as traffic flowing into currents within an organized framework, the treatment of cultural phenomenon is not submitted to simple causality. This conception of culture is enriched by the contributions of disciplines such as intercultural psychology, sociology of networks, and prospective philosophy (more specifically work on collective intelligence). The methodology used is based on interpretive ethnography and is aimed at producing a thick description of negotiated meaning among interacting subjects. A longitudinal inquiry using the participant observation method within a sectoral association and a regional issue table, both dedicated to the regional development of multimedia, has enabled the researcher to identify a number of cultural currents: the government funder, service providers, and a group of entrepreneurs. The resulting data gives a thick description centered on themes such as contact among existing currents and the emergence of one of them, based on various cultural integration modes, as well as the evolving meaning of “multimedia”, which develops to become subsumed in the regional sector of information technology.
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2006
Open Access Date: 12 April 2018
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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