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Ground Under My Feet: An Autoethnographic Reading of Urban Habit and Memory
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Mark under mina fötter : En autoetnografisk läsning av urban vana och minne (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

How is habit and routine created and recreated? How is memory of space created and how does memory affect the use of space? How is the ground involved? I try to answer these questions by studying 68 habitual and routine trips in central Stockholm, Sweden written as part of an autoethnographic walking diary. Using Gille Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s triad of lines alongside Henri Lefebvre’s theories on rhythms and the production of space, I find how spatial use can be studied and understood looking at power and violence, the state’s tendency toward homogenization, and neurobiological processes of memory consolidation. Memories are made, omitted, and can be shared, which impacts how the symbolic landscape is learned and read, providing the framework for how habits become habitual and how routines become routine.

Bachelor’s Thesis in Urban and Regional Planning, Spring 2019

Author: Björn Nordvall

Supervisor: Samaneh Khaef, PhD Student (Doktorand)

Language: English

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 26
Keywords [en]
Habit, routine, memory consolidation, urban movement, autoethnography
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-169434OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-169434DiVA, id: diva2:1321543
Available from: 2019-06-24 Created: 2019-06-09 Last updated: 2019-06-24Bibliographically approved

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