Inclusion and exclusion in the suburb
What serves to integrate, and what are the forces of exclusion in the suburb? This interdisciplinary project aims to study a locality in Grorud Valley (eastern Oslo) in order to identify and analyse conditions for cohesion and sustainability and non-local forms of identification.
More information is available on the project's Norwegian web pages
- Which are the social and cultural processes that contribute to integration and sustainability in the suburb, and how are they embedded institutionally? Which are the processes encouraging non-local forms of belonging (ranging from virtual communities to national/ethnic loyalties and transnational ties), and how do they articulate with locality-enhancing processes?
- How do different social arenas and fields of discourse (ranging from sport and school to consumption and kinship) relate to each other with respect to "the production of locality"?
- In what ways are local identifications confronted with nonlocal ones, through e.g. w mobility, transnational ties and commitments, ethnic or religious loyalties?
The sub-projects relating to these overarching research questions look at:
- the residential environment
mobility and immobility
public spaces and meeting-places
school mobility and school change
the role of local media
electronic communication and transnational media
cultural hybridity and mixing
narratives of the past and social memory