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Social Transformations in Scandinavian Cities: Nordic Perspectives on Urban Marginalisation and Social Sustainability
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA). Malmö högskola, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2296-7672
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Urban Studies (US).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2306-4317
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA). Malmö högskola, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM).
2015 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

De skandinaviska länderna förknippas som regel med en utbyggd offentlig sektor och låga fattigdomsnivåer. Under de tre senaste årtionden har detta dock kommit att förändras, och städer i Skandinavien delar nu många av de problem och utmaningar som vi känner från städer i andra delar av västvärlden. Frågan är hur välfärdsstaterna hanterar dessa globala samhällsomdaningar? I boken Social Transformations in Scandinavian Cities, belyser forskare förändringen av social hållbarhet och socialt sönderfall i skandinaviska städer. De bidrar med teoretiska och empiriska analyser av hur migration, ojämlikhet och boendesegregation formas av nationell och lokal politik, och hur detta återspeglas i det urbana landskapet i Danmark, Norge och Sverige. Författarna utmanar gängse bild av Skandinavien som jämlikt och fridfullt. Arbetslöshet, kriminalitet och undermåliga skolresultat i etniskt och socio-ekonomiskt segregerade bostadsområden är välkända problemområden som sedan 1990-talet bemöts genom urbanpolitiska åtgärder. I boken Social Transformations in Scandinavian Cities kan vi läsa om exempel på hur detta manifesterar sig i ett antal olika Skandinaviska städer.

Abstract [en]

Scandinavian countries are generally associated with extensive public services and low levels of poverty. However, reality has changed dramatically over the last three decades, and Scandinavia’s cities now share many of the problems and challenges familiar from other Western cities. How do the welfare states handle these global societal transformations? In Social Transformations in Scandinavian Cities, researchers highlight the changing face of social sustainability and social disintegration in Scandinavian cities. They offer theoretical and empirical analyses of how migration, inequality, and residential segregation intersect with shifting national and local policies, charting their impact on urban landscapes in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The authors challenge the standard view of Scandinavia as a haven of equality and peace. Unemployment, criminality, and poor school performance in ethnically and socio-economically segregated residential areas have finally been recognized and tackled through urban policies since the 1990s. In Social Transformations in Scandinavian Cities we learn why and in which ways progress is being made.

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Nordic Academic Press, 2015. , p. 296
Keywords [en]
urban marginality, social sustainability, Scandinavia, welfare state, urban studies
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-8318Local ID: 19687ISBN: 978-91-87675-73-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-8318DiVA, id: diva2:1405320
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2022-06-27Bibliographically approved

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