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Sweden Ends Here?: Social Movement Scenes and the Right to the City

Creasap, Kimberly (2015) Sweden Ends Here?: Social Movement Scenes and the Right to the City. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study examines social movement scenes—dynamic constellations of people and places—created by Swedish autonomous movements. Social movement scenes shape action, interpersonal dynamics among activists, and how activists see possibilities for social change. Autonomous movements reject representative democracy as a form of authority and, by extension, reject state institutions. This represents a radical departure from strict norms that characterize political and public life in Sweden in which political participation generally takes the form of party membership and/or activity with trade unions with strong ties to the state. Through ethnographic observation, in-depth interviews and analysis of artifacts such as newspapers, zines, flyers, and manifestos, I examine how and why Swedish autonomous social movements use “the Right to the City” as an organizing principle to create scenes as alternative forms of urban life in Stockholm, Göteborg, and Malmö. I find that gentrification and urban development shape the possibilities for social movement scenes in each city. At the same time, autonomous movements try to create scenes that will change the political, cultural and spatial landscapes of city neighborhoods. I conclude that staking territorial claims allows activists to shape the future of everyday life in urban neighborhoods.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Creasap, Kimberlykac130@pitt.eduKAC130
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBlee, Kathleenbleegrad@pitt.eduBLEEGRAD
Committee MemberMarkoff, Johnjm2@pitt.eduJM2
Committee MemberStaggenborg, Suzannesuzstagg@pitt.eduSUZSTAGG
Committee MemberLinders,
Date: 12 January 2015
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 12 June 2014
Approval Date: 12 January 2015
Submission Date: 20 August 2014
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 277
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Scandinavia, Sweden, social movements, urbanization, space and place, squatting, protest, labor history, gentrification, political culture, community, social centers, autonomy
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2015 16:51
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2020 06:15


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