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Författare och institution:
Hervé Corvellec (Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI))
Cities at the Millenium, London (UK), December 1998,
This paper presents a study of an episode of the a hundred years old project of building a so-called third track along the existing southbound connection to Stockholm Centralen, the city's central train station. Based on a extended press and ether media material, the study (re)composes the debate that has taken place for and against the project, with a particular focus on the themes and the dynamics of the arguments in presence. While unfolding the argumentative dynamics of the debate, it lets the yet unrealized project appear as being a negotiated space of narrative order where narratives of all kinds--some of them being very locally embedded, others enjoying various grades of grandeur--are traded and exchanged so to form a convincing story about how an eventual third track would affect the face of the city and more generally its future. A view that, in turn, let urban projects and city management come out as matters of narrative imagination and textual negotiations rather than mere operations of technical purposefulness.
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