Voices from the North: New Trends in Nordic Human Geography

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While contemporary human geography has widely acknowledged that knowledge has both contingent and contextual character, international literature has tended to blot out differences and reproduce hegemonic Anglo-Saxon discourses. Any interest in destabilizing such power-knowledge systems calls upon interventions from "other voices". Nordic "voices" in particular have not been well represented in current human geography.

This book redresses the balance by offering a unique ...

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Overview

While contemporary human geography has widely acknowledged that knowledge has both contingent and contextual character, international literature has tended to blot out differences and reproduce hegemonic Anglo-Saxon discourses. Any interest in destabilizing such power-knowledge systems calls upon interventions from "other voices". Nordic "voices" in particular have not been well represented in current human geography.

This book redresses the balance by offering a unique assessment of the geographical research being undertaken in the Nordic countries and by demonstrating the way in which these voices contribute to international debate. It brings together a range of Nordic authors, each of whom has made a significant contribution to such debates, and considers the relationship between production and social institutions in local development. It also examines the ambiguous role of the welfare state in the Nordic countries, issues of social practice and identity and their relationship to spatiality, new approaches to landscape and environment, and the significance of difference and relations of power. Theoretical discussion, illustrated by empirical examples, reveals the interweaving in Nordic human geography of international affiliations and Nordic "situatedness".

Author Biography
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Jan Öhman, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University, Sweden and Kirsten Simonsen, Professor, Department of Geography and International Development Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark

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Allan Pred
Voices from the North is a fresh, stimulating wind from the North. Combining pieces in keeping with a long tradition of applied research and work informed by a variety of poststructual and feminist theories, this anthology splendidly displays - yet again - that the "cutting edge" of human geography is not a monopoly of British and North American scholars. For many of the voices in question are not merely well-informed, but original in important ways.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754634256
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction: Is there a 'Nordic' human geography? 1
Pt. 1 Production, Social Institutions and Local Development
1 Localised capabilities and industrial competitiveness 11
2 On the new economic geography of post-Fordist learning economies 29
3 Economy-culture relations and the geographies of regional development 49
Pt. II Welfare State, Planning and Human Geography
4 Welfare states and social polarisation? 69
5 Does welfare matter? Ghettoisation in the welfare state 91
6 Geography, local planning and the production of space - a Swedish context 103
7 Everyday life and urban planning: An approach in Swedish human geography 121
Pt. III Spatiality, Identity and Social Practice
8 Geography, space and identity 141
9 The embodied city: From bodily practices to urban life 157
10 Rural geography and feminist geography: Discourses on rurality and gender in Britain and Scandinavia 173
11 Choreographies of life: Youth, place and migration 191
Pt. IV Nature, Landscape and Environment
12 In search of the Nordic landscape: A personal view 211
13 Samhallsgeografi and the politics of nature 233
Pt. V Difference, Distinction and Power
14 Racialization and migration in urban segregation processes 261
15 'In visible city' 283
16 Landscape of landscapes 299
Index 309
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