Hvornår er man forfatter? Om afgrænsning af og levevilkår for danske forfattere og oversættere

Trine Bille, Cecilie Bryld Fjællegaard

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From a cultural policy perspective, for example in terms of social security and the distribution of grant and other kinds of public support, it seems important to know how big the group of artists is, how much they earn, and who it consists of. In this article, these three general questions will be discussed based on an analysis of the Danish authors and translators living conditions. The analysis is based on a current and comprehensive questionnaire survey to 3,728 Danish authors and translators. Based on eight different criteria for defining a group of artists, the article shows how the choice of criteria will be of vital importance to the conclusions drawn, both in relation to the size of the group of authors and translators, who it consists of, and how much they earn. Where previous research concerning artist's living conditions apply only one, and often quite wide, definition of the group of artists, this article contributes to the literature by showing how different criteria for defining the group of artists, are crucial to the results of the research.
Original languageDanish
JournalNordisk Kulturpolitisk Tidskrift
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)121-146
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Authors
  • Living conditions
  • Definitions of artists
  • Income
  • Survey

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