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Cultivating a Social Neighbourhood

Olsson, Viktor LU (2015) UTVK03 20151
Sociology
Abstract
As urbanisation continues throughout the world, issues of sustainability have been raised.
Discussing ecological sustainability is becoming increasingly common, where green space in urban
planning, has been given a particular function. At the same time, this sustainability goes beyond the
environment and nature, since it also relates to social interaction and trust between people. The city
of Malmö, Sweden's third largest city, has in recent years been a hot topic in media and society
overall,where two discourses arise; one presenting Malmö as a city of crime and immigration, and
another emphasising the city's cultural diversity and sustainability. Through garden projects, green
space could serve as a tool for supporting cultural... (More)
As urbanisation continues throughout the world, issues of sustainability have been raised.
Discussing ecological sustainability is becoming increasingly common, where green space in urban
planning, has been given a particular function. At the same time, this sustainability goes beyond the
environment and nature, since it also relates to social interaction and trust between people. The city
of Malmö, Sweden's third largest city, has in recent years been a hot topic in media and society
overall,where two discourses arise; one presenting Malmö as a city of crime and immigration, and
another emphasising the city's cultural diversity and sustainability. Through garden projects, green
space could serve as a tool for supporting cultural diversity and social sustainability. This bachelor
thesis will investigate the theoretical reasoning behind green space and its affects on the social
neighbourhood, contextualised in an urban garden project in the city of Malmö. The thesis is based
on participant observations and interviews conducted at Odlingsnätverket Seved (“The Cultivation-
Network Seved”) during April and May 2015, as well as a literature review that sets the theoretical
framework. The results of the field study seems to validate the findings argued in previous literature
to a large extent, where there seems to be a positive relation between green space and social
interaction. (Less)
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author
Olsson, Viktor LU
supervisor
organization
course
UTVK03 20151
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Malmö, green space, public space, neighbourhood, cultural diversity, migration, urban sociology
language
English
id
5467436
date added to LUP
2015-06-26 09:01:53
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2015-06-26 09:01:53
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  abstract     = {As urbanisation continues throughout the world, issues of sustainability have been raised.
Discussing ecological sustainability is becoming increasingly common, where green space in urban
planning, has been given a particular function. At the same time, this sustainability goes beyond the
environment and nature, since it also relates to social interaction and trust between people. The city
of Malmö, Sweden's third largest city, has in recent years been a hot topic in media and society
overall,where two discourses arise; one presenting Malmö as a city of crime and immigration, and
another emphasising the city's cultural diversity and sustainability. Through garden projects, green
space could serve as a tool for supporting cultural diversity and social sustainability. This bachelor
thesis will investigate the theoretical reasoning behind green space and its affects on the social
neighbourhood, contextualised in an urban garden project in the city of Malmö. The thesis is based
on participant observations and interviews conducted at Odlingsnätverket Seved (“The Cultivation-
Network Seved”) during April and May 2015, as well as a literature review that sets the theoretical
framework. The results of the field study seems to validate the findings argued in previous literature
to a large extent, where there seems to be a positive relation between green space and social
interaction.},
  author       = {Olsson, Viktor},
  keyword      = {Malmö,green space,public space,neighbourhood,cultural diversity,migration,urban sociology},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Cultivating a Social Neighbourhood},
  year         = {2015},
}