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A Right to the 'World-Class City'?: A case study on the spatial exclusions of Romanian Roma migrants in Stockholm.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis addresses the increasing presence of homeless Roma migrants on the streets of Stockholm from a perspective of critical urban theory. In doing so, it aims to explore the conflicts that have emerged over their use of public space to secure shelter and livelihoods in the city. The empirical research focuses on the experiences of a number of Romanian-Roma migrants in Stockholm with qualitative data produced through interviews and immersive observation amongst these individuals. The research findings highlight the multiple forms of spatial exclusion suffered by these individuals, enacted both through interventions by the city authorities and through the actions of members of the public. Henri Lefebvre's notion of a right to the city is employed in this thesis as an analytical tool with which to frame these urban conflicts. An attempt is also made to locate these conflicts in a wider geopolitical context, in which it is argued that 'world-class city' aspirations, as well as concerns regarding citizenship and consumption all play a role in reproducing the experiences of exclusion.

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2016. , 63 p.
Keyword [en]
Right to the city, world-class city, spatial exclusion, eviction, citizenship, Roma, Stockholm.
National Category
Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-133545OAI: diva2:967578
Available from: 2016-09-12 Created: 2016-09-09 Last updated: 2016-09-12Bibliographically approved

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