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How Has the Emergence of Digital Culture Affected Professional Magic?

Rissanen, Olli; Pitkänen, Petteri; Juvonen, Antti; Räihä, Pekka; Kuhn, Gustav and Hakkarainen, Kai. 2017. How Has the Emergence of Digital Culture Affected Professional Magic? Professions and Professionalism, 7(2), p. 1957. ISSN 1893-1049 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

We examined how the emerging digital culture has affected magicians’ careers, the development of their expertise and the general practices of their professions. We used social network analysis (n=120) to identify Finland’s most highly regarded magicians (n=16) representing different generations. The participants were theme interviewed and also collected self-report questionnaire data. The results revealed that digital transformations have strongly affected the magical profession in terms of changing their career paths and entry into the profession. Magic used to be a secretive culture, where access to advanced knowledge was controlled by highly regarded gatekeepers who shared their knowledge with a selected group of committed newcomers as a function of their extended efforts. Openly sharing magical knowledge on the Internet has diminished the traditionally strong role of these gatekeepers. Although online tutorials have made magical know-how more accessible to newcomers, professional communities and networks play a crucial role in the cultivation of advanced professional competences.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.7577/pp.1957

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
December 2017Published
29 August 2017Accepted
24 February 2017Submitted

Item ID:

22675

Date Deposited:

05 Jan 2018 10:34

Last Modified:

10 Jul 2018 18:29

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/22675

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