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Dancing tango and herding camels as ways to combat social deprivation?

Författare och institution:
Mirek Dymitrow (Institutionen för ekonomi och samhälle, Kulturgeografi); Rene Brauer (-)
Publicerad i:
Geographical Imagination: Interpretations of Nature, Art and Politics. 6th Nordic Geographers Meeting, 15-19 June 2015 - Tallinn & Tartu, Estonia,
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Marginalization and social deprivation in urban areas are hardships not necessarily limited to developing countries. Around 80 million Europeans today live in conditions that fall within the definition of poverty. However, certain areas are more prone to affliction than others. Such estates usually consist of concrete slab high-rise buildings and are often characterized by high levels of ethnic segregation, unemployment and crime, as well as low levels of education and health. In the Swedish equivalent of this type of environments, the current situation is not encouraging despite the many urban development programs launched to address the issues at hand. In a wish to eschew conventional explanations of failure, we instead turn our attention towards some more systemic flaws in the conceptual design of these programs, arguing that one of these flaws could be the idiomatic elephant in the room. In this presentation, we undertake a discussion about the probability that, in areas where social deprivation is the greatest, not all signifiers of the presumed concept of urbanity are met. Hence, rigid adherence to ‘urbanity’ as a guiding force in development programs might in fact contribute to counterproductive plans of action. On the basis of experiences from two Swedish suburbs, we problematize the ’urban bias’ of large-scale actions set to target complex issues of social deprivation, whose character may not easily align with a conceptual rural-urban axis. We conclude that more context-sensitive understanding of the human condition beyond inflexible labeling could help arrive at more accurate inferences.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Social och ekonomisk geografi
Social och ekonomisk geografi ->
Filosofi, etik och religion ->
Filosofi, etik och religion ->
Filosofi ->
rural, urban, social deprivation, unsustainability, urban development program
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2015-06-16 17:40

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