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Kviberg: from flea market to meeting point. A study of social interaction in Kviberg´s market.

Hem Sommerstad, Alexander LU (2013) SOCK01 20122
Sociology
Abstract
The following paper documents the experience of a fieldwork realized in July 2012 in Kviberg, a marketplace in the outskirts of Gothenburg. It is located in an area of high unemployment and a high number of inhabitants born outside Europe. A series of conversations with its merchants were documented and consequently, contrasted with other information sources, mainly articles from the local newspaper, Göteborgs Posten.
What it was most significant from the collected data was the possibility to appreciate the actors’ interests and their actions towards the others, in order to explain how the interactions in this market take place and what makes it a meeting point of particular relevance for the city.
It was revealed that the interviewees... (More)
The following paper documents the experience of a fieldwork realized in July 2012 in Kviberg, a marketplace in the outskirts of Gothenburg. It is located in an area of high unemployment and a high number of inhabitants born outside Europe. A series of conversations with its merchants were documented and consequently, contrasted with other information sources, mainly articles from the local newspaper, Göteborgs Posten.
What it was most significant from the collected data was the possibility to appreciate the actors’ interests and their actions towards the others, in order to explain how the interactions in this market take place and what makes it a meeting point of particular relevance for the city.
It was revealed that the interviewees worked in the market because they want to interchange knowledge, get some source of financial support, amuse or entertain them selves (as a distraction from their everyday life), find comforting or some kind of emotional support and belong to a group. This input, combined with a functionalist and interactionist theoretical perspective, was prominent to come up with three roles categories performed by the actors in the market: knowledge facilitators, supporters (rather material or emotional) and companions (with different trust degrees).
The market itself is immersed in a context of urban development of the surroundings and its existence causes controversy, with different interpretations by both merchants and outsiders. For the formers, it represents security and freedom from judgment; for the latters it has been a scenario for crime events and an almost-two-decades confrontation between supporters and adversaries. (Less)
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author
Hem Sommerstad, Alexander LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOCK01 20122
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
interaction, relationship, actor, action, meeting point, marketplace, flea market
language
English
id
3469495
date added to LUP
2013-02-25 15:27:06
date last changed
2013-02-25 15:27:06
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  abstract     = {The following paper documents the experience of a fieldwork realized in July 2012 in Kviberg, a marketplace in the outskirts of Gothenburg. It is located in an area of high unemployment and a high number of inhabitants born outside Europe. A series of conversations with its merchants were documented and consequently, contrasted with other information sources, mainly articles from the local newspaper, Göteborgs Posten.
What it was most significant from the collected data was the possibility to appreciate the actors’ interests and their actions towards the others, in order to explain how the interactions in this market take place and what makes it a meeting point of particular relevance for the city. 
It was revealed that the interviewees worked in the market because they want to interchange knowledge, get some source of financial support, amuse or entertain them selves (as a distraction from their everyday life), find comforting or some kind of emotional support and belong to a group. This input, combined with a functionalist and interactionist theoretical perspective, was prominent to come up with three roles categories performed by the actors in the market: knowledge facilitators, supporters (rather material or emotional) and companions (with different trust degrees).
The market itself is immersed in a context of urban development of the surroundings and its existence causes controversy, with different interpretations by both merchants and outsiders. For the formers, it represents security and freedom from judgment; for the latters it has been a scenario for crime events and an almost-two-decades confrontation between supporters and adversaries.},
  author       = {Hem Sommerstad, Alexander},
  keyword      = {interaction,relationship,actor,action,meeting point,marketplace,flea market},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Kviberg: from flea market to meeting point. A study of social interaction in Kviberg´s market.},
  year         = {2013},
}