Contact person:
Rebecka Söderberg
  • Formas – Research Council for Sustainable Development
Responsible at Malmö University:
Rebecka Söderberg
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Time frame:
01 February 2019 - 01 February 2024
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About the project

This thesis aims to explore governance and lived experiences of urban diversity in Malmö, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark. Inspired by the anthropology of policy and postcolonial concepts, I explore how Danish and Swedish national anti-segregation/ghettoization policies express assumptions about (urban) diversity and (national) sameness. The analytical focus is on categorisations and problematization of people and places and on how the constructions of problem-places legitimise interventions for the social mix. Furthermore, using visual ethnographic methods and qualitative interviews, I explore the perspectives of residents in selected housing areas; areas that have been problematised by policies and are facing interventions for the social mix. The methodological design enables residents to be active in the production of knowledge and in (re)defining the narratives about their neighbourhoods and their cities. The thesis thus highlights relations and frictions between different narratives about diversity and sameness, by comparing different perspectives.
The doctoral project is part of the SEGMIX project (Governance and lived experiences of urban diversity in SEGregated and MIXed neighbourhoods).