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graffiti, kommunal förvaltning och plats som relationell effekt

Paulsson, Emma (2016). Göra plats. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2016:27
ISBN 978-91-576-8556-8
eISBN 978-91-576-8557-5
[Doctoral thesis]

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The aim of the thesis is to investigate how place is enacted through the interplay between user activities and municipal management practices (i.e. planning, design and management of public places). The relationship between the practices of planners and the practices of users has long been conceptualised as a dichotomy within architecture, planning and geography. This dichotomy is particularly evident in studies of informal use and/or studies of ‘abandoned’ places. Using the example of graffiti, the thesis investigates whether a relational understanding originating in actor-network theory can be useful in overcoming this dichotomy and in developing an understanding of places as enacted through an interplay between different practices. Graffiti is an interesting example because of the established presence of a dichotomy between a transgressive activity and management practices striving to retain order and control.

In a case study, ethnographic methods such as participant observations and interviews were used to investigate the practices of graffiti and municipal management in public places in Malmö, Sweden. The results show that the practices of the Street and Parks Department in Malmö regarding graffiti removal and its work with legal graffiti walls have been influenced by a dualism between planners and users. The results also indicate that the interplay between informal uses and the work of the officials to enable these practices generates a limited set of enactments of place and involves a limited range of users.

The thesis develops an understanding of place as a relational effect of both the activities of the users and the municipal management practices. Through analysing the practices of use and municipal management symmetrically and through putting the heterogeneous network at the centre of the analysis, the dichotomy between different kinds of practices and the dichotomy between different kinds of places is dissolved. The thesis thus argues that actor-network theory can be a fruitful way to overcome the dichotomies and develop an understanding of graffiti and municipal practises as entangled and shaping each other. The way of understanding place developed in this thesis may also be of relevance beyond the examples of graffiti and Malmö.

Authors/Creators:Paulsson, Emma
Title:Göra plats
Subtitle:graffiti, kommunal förvaltning och plats som relationell effekt
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2016
Depositing date:16 May 2016
Number of Pages:268
Place of Publication:Alnarp
Publisher:Institutionen för landskapsarkitektur, planering och förvaltning, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-8556-8
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-8557-5
Additional Information:English translation of title: Enacting place - graffiti, municipal management and place as relational effect
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
X Agricola extesions > X80 Social sciences, humanities and education
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Landscape Architecture
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 506 Political Science > Public Administration Studies
Agrovoc terms:towns, urban planning, local government, human behaviour, arts, illegal practices, sociocultural environment, research methods, case studies, regulations, sweden
Keywords:municipal management, urban planning, actor-network theory, relational thinking, case study methodology, ethnographic method, graffiti, public space
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ID Code:13363
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)
Deposited By: Emma Paulsson
Deposited On:17 May 2016 08:58
Metadata Last Modified:10 Sep 2020 13:41

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