Inclusion and exclusion in the suburb (completed)

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

  • religion


Published Sep. 10, 2010 3:14 PM - Last modified Dec. 8, 2015 1:42 PM


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