Social Transformations in Scandinavian Cities

Per Gunnar Røe, Bengt Andersen & Oddrun Kristine Sæter have contributed the chapter "Trust and distrust in Oslo. Examining the relationship between the ideals of urban policy and the (re)actions of citizens" in this book which highlights the changing face of social sustainability and social disintegration in Scandinavian cities.

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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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