Article | Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011 | Knutpunkten: An Ethnographic Work at a Transportation Hub in Sweden

Title:
Knutpunkten: An Ethnographic Work at a Transportation Hub in Sweden
Author:
Leila C. Valoura: Lund University, Sweden
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Year:
2011
Conference:
Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011
Issue:
062
Article no.:
060
Pages:
563-570
No. of pages:
8
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2011-11-22
ISBN:
978-91-7519-993-1
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


This article describes and analyzes a three-month ethnographic field research study conducted at Knutpunkten; the central hub of all transportation located in the city of Helsingborg; on the southwest coast of Sweden. This busy; urban setting of transportation is affected by social conflicts and the general public‚Äôs feeling of avoidance; as if Knutpunkten was invisible. Looking further at these features the research study aims to uncover layers of social practices enacted in the space of this hub that ‚Äúconveys‚ÄĚ a diversity of people everyday through its space. In observation of material and non-material cultures as well as interviews; findings suggest that Knutpunkten reflects the social tension involving power relations; segregation; excessive alcohol consumption; and youth disorientation that exists outside its walls; as if this hub was a microcosm of Helsingborg. Contrasts; e.g.; mobility/stagnation; routine/entertainment; upstairs/downstairs bring relevant and timely reflections regarding spatial practices and empowerment in the city of Helsingborg; at a time when the city is planning the urban renewal project H+ The Tolerant City; which will be built South of Knutpunkten.

Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Author:
Leila C. Valoura
Title:
Knutpunkten: An Ethnographic Work at a Transportation Hub in Sweden
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Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Author:
Leila C. Valoura
Title:
Knutpunkten: An Ethnographic Work at a Transportation Hub in Sweden
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