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Visionära planer och vardagliga praktiker: Postmilitära landskap i Östersjöområdet
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
2013 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Visionary Plans and Everyday Practices : Post-military Landscape in the Baltic Sea Area (English)
Abstract [en]

In the years after WWII the Baltic Sea Area developed into an area strongly divided between East and West. Because of the tensions between the blocs, the coastal areas where strongly militarized and prepared for war.

The new political situation after 1989 propelled an international military disarmament and closing down of bases, training areas around Europe. Since the Baltic Sea Area was one of the heaviest militarized part of Europe the question of disarmament here is of particularly great economic, social and cultural importance.

This study is about the post-military landscape in the Baltic Sea Area with examples from Dejevo on the Estonian island Saaremaa, Dranske on the (East)German island Rügen and Fårösund on the Swedish island Gotland.

The aim of this thesis is to shed light on the process where the military landscape of the Cold War is transformed in order to be incorporated in the macro-regional endeavors for unity in the new Europe. I want to analyze the implications that planning visions have on the everyday life of people. A following aim is to shed light on the challenges that urban planning has to face in this transformation. Three research questions frame the study. The first question analyzes the process where the coastal areas of the Baltic Sea after the end of the Cold War are disarmed and transformed, from a landscape of production of military services and objects into a landscape of consumption for recreation and tourism. The second question takes its point of departure in the relation between planning visions and everyday life. The third question concerns the matter of the past and analyzes what aspects of the military landscape are emphasized respectively pushed aside in the transformation into post-military landscape.

The study is based on interviews with inhabitants and local planners as well as macro-regional and local planning documents, articles and photographs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, 2013. , 199 p.
Stockholm studies in ethnology, ISSN 1653-851X ; 7Södertörn doctoral dissertations, ISSN 1652-7399 ; 78
Keyword [en]
Military Sites, Post-military Landscape, Production of Space, Conversion, Heterotopia, Baltic Sea Area, European Union, Planning, Everyday Practices, Memory, Heritage, New Military History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-89277ISBN: 978-91-87235-30-6ISBN: 978-91-87235-29-0OAI: diva2:616791
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2013-05-24, William-Olssonsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 14, Stockholm, 10:00 (Swedish)
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2013-05-02 Created: 2013-04-18 Last updated: 2016-05-27Bibliographically approved

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