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Authors:Leila C. Valoura: Lund University, Sweden
Publication title:Knutpunkten: An Ethnographic Work at a Transportation Hub in Sweden
Conference:Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, June 15–17, Norrköping, Sweden 2011
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Article No.:060
Abstract: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’s 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 “conveys” 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.
No. of pages:8
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

Leila C. Valoura (2011). Knutpunkten: An Ethnographic Work at a Transportation Hub in Sweden, Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, June 15–17, Norrköping, Sweden 2011;article=060 (accessed 9/18/2014)