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Till det lokalas försvar: civilsamhället i den urbana periferin
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Sociologiska institutionen/Södertörns högskola.
2011 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
In Defense of the Local : Civil Society in the Urban Periphery (English)
Abstract [en]

The current global restructuring processes are usually described in terms of increased integration and, concurrently, greater fragmentation among different regions and scales. How these parallel outcomes are reflected in the civic sphere, largely for those mostly affected, i.e. the urban grassroots, is the focus of this study. The theoretical objective is to develop an alternative way of conceptualizing engagement in the civil sphere in marginalized urban neighborhoods; this is presented in the form of a complementary analytical model named: the three pillars of simultaneousness. The empirical objective is to analyze the organization of civil society in two neighborhoods: Rinkeby and Tensta, both categorized as being on the lowest rung of the urban hierarchy in Stockholm, Sweden. The empirical analysis is based on three types of data: interviews, documentation and participant observation. The analysis reveals that these neighborhoods are well-organized and that it is the small, localized self-help organizations, conceptualized as the organizations of everyday life, which engage the urban grassroots. The configuration of the associations and the close face-to-face interactions, combined with traditional membership, imply that this form of activism cannot be understood without taking into account the specific national historic context. In the Swedish urban periphery, the reinvention of the Swedish social mass movement tradition is central when discussing both the constraints to and opportunities for suburban organizing. The strong movement tradition, together with political and financial incentives, has facilitated the development of a vigorous community life. At the same time, these prerequisites have undermined the political and critical potential of the urban grassroots.

Abstract [sv]

Hur ser det civila samhället ut i dagens Förortssverige? Vilka frivilliga organisationer är verksamma i de områden som omväxlande utmålas som segregerade och som terroristcentraler, och som ibland visas upp som den svenska modellens integrationspolitiska mönstersamhällen?

Föreställningarna är många, mediebilderna vridna och vardagsverkligheten en annan. I kontrast till demonisering och exotisering skildrar Lisa Kings ett vardagsnära och sekulariserat föreningsliv som i nygammal föreningsdräkt verkar lokalt för att täcka upp där offentliga och privata alternativ inte räcker till. Hon ger en bred skildring av civilsamhället och de frivilliga organisationernas förekomst och verksamhet i Rinkeby och Tensta från Assyriska föreningen och Rinkeby folkets hus till Tensta-Hjulsta kvinnocenter och Turkisk-svenska kulturföreningen.

Avhandlingen är rik på teori och empirisk analys och utgör ett viktigt bidrag till förståelsen av ett nytt och omdebatterat samhällsfenomen.

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Lund: Arkiv , 2011. , 298 p.
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-96568ISBN: 978-91-7924-236-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-96568DiVA: diva2:642145
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2011-06-10, William-Olssonsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 14, Stockholm, 10:00 (Swedish)
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Doktorsavhandling framlagd vid Stocholms universitet 2011-06-10.

Available from: 2013-08-29 Created: 2013-08-20 Last updated: 2013-08-29Bibliographically approved

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