The Notion of the Heterotopia: The Case: Roskilde Festival

Emma Hestbæk & Søren Nørby Madsen

Student thesis: Master thesis


Purpose - The paper aims to analyze and discuss how, and to what extent, Roskilde Festival can be defined as a heterotopia, taking point of departure in Michel Foucault’s six principles of classification Methodology - The paper applies a qualitative method in the form of 15 semi-structured interviews from an in-depth case-study research of the festival Roskilde Festival
Findings - In the case studied, themes to support claim of heterotopia are apparent notably in notions of space, time and freedom from social structures.
Limitations - Given sample size of qualitative data, the paper recommends further data collection to be carried out for higher levels of reliability and generalizability
Originality/value - The paper extends the framework of Michel Foucault’s concept of the heterotopia by analyzing and discussing six principles of classification in a temporary space with deviation from traditional structures of social ordering. Keywords - Roskilde Festival, heterotopia, social ordering, behavioral change, social reality

EducationsMSocSc in Management of Creative Business Processes , (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2017
Number of pages180