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Urban entrepreneurialism and the right to the city – between discourse and practice The case of Norra Sorgenfri, Malmö, Sweden

Fahlbeck, Henrik LU (2017) SGEM06 20162
Department of Human Geography
Abstract
This thesis examines the discursive and practical use of the theoretical concept of the entrepreneurial city in a case study of a new city district, Norra Sorgenfri, Malmö, Sweden. A concern with the concept of the right to the city and use of Norra Sorgenfri’s public spaces is part of the examination. The entrepreneurial city approach suggest that contemporary cities are developed primarily through speculative projects. This indicates public-private partnerships and investment in risk-laden development projects instead of focusing on social issues After a thorough analysis of Malmö City’s official documents on Norra Sorgenfri, interviews with relevant public officials working for Malmö City and the news coverage of Norra Sorgenfri, it is... (More)
This thesis examines the discursive and practical use of the theoretical concept of the entrepreneurial city in a case study of a new city district, Norra Sorgenfri, Malmö, Sweden. A concern with the concept of the right to the city and use of Norra Sorgenfri’s public spaces is part of the examination. The entrepreneurial city approach suggest that contemporary cities are developed primarily through speculative projects. This indicates public-private partnerships and investment in risk-laden development projects instead of focusing on social issues After a thorough analysis of Malmö City’s official documents on Norra Sorgenfri, interviews with relevant public officials working for Malmö City and the news coverage of Norra Sorgenfri, it is concluded that the project indeed reproduces entrepreneurial city discourses and in extent, a neoliberal discourse order. The so called good intentions of the project and its potential for truly public spaces is in danger of just being empty words when the value of the area is increasing. (Less)
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author
Fahlbeck, Henrik LU
supervisor
organization
course
SGEM06 20162
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
governance, public-private partnership, urban development projects, neoliberalism, public space, culture, right to the city
language
English
id
8898703
date added to LUP
2017-01-12 14:08:53
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2017-01-12 14:08:53
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  abstract     = {This thesis examines the discursive and practical use of the theoretical concept of the entrepreneurial city in a case study of a new city district, Norra Sorgenfri, Malmö, Sweden. A concern with the concept of the right to the city and use of Norra Sorgenfri’s public spaces is part of the examination. The entrepreneurial city approach suggest that contemporary cities are developed primarily through speculative projects. This indicates public-private partnerships and investment in risk-laden development projects instead of focusing on social issues After a thorough analysis of Malmö City’s official documents on Norra Sorgenfri, interviews with relevant public officials working for Malmö City and the news coverage of Norra Sorgenfri, it is concluded that the project indeed reproduces entrepreneurial city discourses and in extent, a neoliberal discourse order. The so called good intentions of the project and its potential for truly public spaces is in danger of just being empty words when the value of the area is increasing.},
  author       = {Fahlbeck, Henrik},
  keyword      = {governance,public-private partnership,urban development projects,neoliberalism,public space,culture,right to the city},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Urban entrepreneurialism and the right to the city – between discourse and practice The case of Norra Sorgenfri, Malmö, Sweden},
  year         = {2017},
}