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Mitander, T., Säll, L. & Öjehag-Pettersson, A. (2017). Det urbana rummets in- och utsidor: Teoretiska utmaningar för forskning om urban politik. Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, 119(3), 389-412
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Det urbana rummets in- och utsidor: Teoretiska utmaningar för forskning om urban politik
2017 (Swedish)In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 119, no 3, p. 389-412Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to contribute to new thinking regarding research on urban politics in, and beyond, Sweden. We do this by arguing for a multi-disciplinary conversation on space, politics and governance, building on theoretical developments in disciplines such as geography, sociology and political theory. By developing a conceptual understanding of space as relational, the political in terms of contingency, and governance as governmentality we suggest that the concept of ‘the urban’ could be theorized and analyzed as a governmental assemblage. This approach opens up for new questions regarding where urban politics takes place, how it govern us and with what efects. One important implication of this proposed approach is that the urban produce both insides and outsides relationally and hence that the urban also can be studied out side cities and city regions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: , 2017
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-66756 (URN)
Available from: 2018-03-21 Created: 2018-03-21 Last updated: 2018-03-28Bibliographically approved
Mitander, T., Säll, L. & Öjehag-Pettersson, A. (2015). Hired Guns: Consultants and Expertise in Regional Governance. In: Lesa Reynolds (Ed.), Global Growth Agendas: Regions, Institutions and Sustainability. Paper presented at Annual Conference of the Regional Studies Association (RSA), Global Growth Agendas: Regions, Institutions and Sustainability. Piacenza, Italy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hired Guns: Consultants and Expertise in Regional Governance
2015 (English)In: Global Growth Agendas: Regions, Institutions and Sustainability / [ed] Lesa Reynolds, Piacenza, Italy, 2015Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Piacenza, Italy: , 2015
Keywords
Assemblage; Space; Power; Politics
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36138 (URN)978-1-897721-50-6 (ISBN)
Conference
Annual Conference of the Regional Studies Association (RSA), Global Growth Agendas: Regions, Institutions and Sustainability
Available from: 2015-05-31 Created: 2015-05-31 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Mitander, T. (2015). Regio ex machina: Om det regionala medborgarskapets villkor. (Doctoral dissertation). Karlstad: Karlstads universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Regio ex machina: Om det regionala medborgarskapets villkor
2015 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
Regio Ex Machina : On the Conditions of Regional Citizenship
Abstract [en]

Departing from the ongoing regionalization processes in Europe and other parts of the world, this thesis aims to study the premises and conditions of regional citizenship in contemporary state restructuring. As globalization is viewed to challenge the sovereignty and capacity of nation states, subnational regions have gained authority and interest as key actors to compete on globalized markets of capital in order to ensure future development. This alteration in the balance between the regional and the national raises questions on how aspects of citizenship become negotiated in relation to regions as emphasized political communities. The study therefore develops and applies a productive analysis of regional citizenship based on citizenship theory and poststructuralist discourse theory.

The attempts to reform the administrative region of Värmland, Sweden, between the years 2007 and 2011 functions as a case study in the dissertation.  In relation to this process a variety of materials has been collected in order to shed light on articulatory practices related to the reform: media material, public documents and assessment reports, observations of public dialog meetings and focus groups. Through a discourse analysis of the material the study focuses on the discursive production of regional communities and regional citizens in relation to regional reform. Three different but related articulations of the region emerge in the analysis: the region as a cultural landscape, as a welfare system and as a growth machine.  

The study shows how the understanding of the region as a growth machine holds a hegemonic position in relation to the other articulations. The growth machine is based on a neoliberal notion of development, where competiveness and commodification function as premises to the intrinsic understanding of regional citizens – as well as welfare and culture - as capital that can, and should, be used to facilitate economic growth.         

Abstract [sv]

Runt om i världen byggs större och starkare regioner. Regioner betraktas som i delar en arvtagare till uppgifter som nationalstaterna inte längre anses kunna hantera i en globaliserad värld. Därför har regionerna fått större grad av självständighet från de nationella staterna, frisläppta för att på bästa sätt hitta sätt att locka till sig olika former av globalt rörligt kapital. Kapital som anses utgöra grunden för att kunna bygga ett gott samhälle.  

I den här avhandlingen studeras samtida regionalisering ur ett medborgarskapsperspektiv. Vad innebär det för relationen mellan människor och gemenskap att regionen intar en framskjuten position i samhällsbyggandet? Vilka band knyts mellan regionen och regionmedborgaren i en tid som kännetecknas av globalisering och konkurrens? Hur fördelas rättigheter och skyldigheter mellan regionen och medborgarna, och vad innebär det att vara en god regionmedborgare?

Genom en svensk fallstudie analyseras hur regionen och regionala medborgare görs meningsfulla i anslutning till att regionens framtid förhandlas. Materialet består av pressmaterial, utredningsmaterial, observerade offentliga möten samt fokusgrupper med regionmedborgare. Studien visar hur myten om regionen som en tillväxtmaskin intar en dominerande ställning och hur globala marknadslogiker fungerar som villkor för det regionala medborgarskapet.   

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2015. p. 248
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2015:16
Keywords
Regionalization, Discourse analysis, Värmland, Poststructuralist Discourse Theory, Regional Citizenship, Neoliberalism
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-35226 (URN)978-91-7063-627-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-04-10, Sjöströmsalen 1B309, Karlstad universitet, Karlstad, 10:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2015-03-25 Created: 2015-02-16 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Mitander, T. (2014). Rights, Duties, Assets and Liabilities: The Production of Citizenship Subjectivities in Sub-National regionalization. In: : . Paper presented at IPA 2014 9th international conference in Interpretive Policy analysis "Governance and beyond - Knowledge, technology and communication in a globalizing world" Wageningen The Netherlands, 3-5 of July 2014.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rights, Duties, Assets and Liabilities: The Production of Citizenship Subjectivities in Sub-National regionalization
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38004 (URN)
Conference
IPA 2014 9th international conference in Interpretive Policy analysis "Governance and beyond - Knowledge, technology and communication in a globalizing world" Wageningen The Netherlands, 3-5 of July 2014
Available from: 2015-09-22 Created: 2015-09-22 Last updated: 2016-07-04Bibliographically approved
Mitander, T. & Öjehag-Pettersson, A. (2013). Competition and desire:: regional development, citizenship and the struggle for attention. In: : . Paper presented at Equality, Growth and Innovation: In Theory and Practice, Luleå, Sweden, 9-10 October 2013.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Competition and desire:: regional development, citizenship and the struggle for attention
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the discourse of regional competitiveness through the lens of citizenship and what can be understood as desired regional inhabitants. The concept of citizenship will be used as an analytical tool for studying power structures that is connected to processes of forming regional spaces and subjectivities.  We investigate the notions of citizenship present in the highly influential theories concerning the ‘creative class’ first introduced by Richard Florida. Departing from a general framework of governmentaliy we understand the regional development as a regime practice with particular rationalities and technologies. We argue that the general rationality of globalization and regional competition produces certain representations of citizenship and that regions deploy different techniques in order to attract what they perceive as desired citizens.

We then proceed by illustrating how the rationalities present in the theories of the creative class are manifested within regional development plans in the Nordic countries and how they get concrete effects in terms of citizenship. In a concluding section we turn to discussing the implications in terms of inclusion/exclusion, equality and democracy

Keywords
Regional Development, Creative Class, Citizenship. Gender, Critique
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Gender Studies; Political Science; Human Geography; Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34609 (URN)
Conference
Equality, Growth and Innovation: In Theory and Practice, Luleå, Sweden, 9-10 October 2013
Available from: 2014-11-17 Created: 2014-11-17 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Mitander, T., Säll, L. & Öjehag-Pettersson, A. (Eds.). (2013). Det regionala samhällsbyggandets praktiker: Tiden, makten, rummet. Göteborg: Daidalos
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Det regionala samhällsbyggandets praktiker: Tiden, makten, rummet
2013 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Daidalos, 2013
National Category
Social Sciences Humanities
Research subject
Political Science; Sociology; Human Geography; History; Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-28765 (URN)
Available from: 2013-08-27 Created: 2013-08-27 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Mitander, T., Säll, L. & Öjehag-Pettersson, A. (2013). Introduktion: Det regionala samhällsbyggandets praktiker. In: Mitander, Tomas; Säll, Line; Öjehag-Pettersson, Andreas (Ed.), Det regionala samhällsbyggandets praktiker: Tiden, makten, rummet (pp. 9-26). Göteborg: Daidalos
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduktion: Det regionala samhällsbyggandets praktiker
2013 (Swedish)In: Det regionala samhällsbyggandets praktiker: Tiden, makten, rummet / [ed] Mitander, Tomas; Säll, Line; Öjehag-Pettersson, Andreas, Göteborg: Daidalos, 2013, p. 9-26Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Daidalos, 2013
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34563 (URN)978-91-7173-422-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-11-07 Created: 2014-11-07 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Mitander, T. (2013). Regional Citzienship: Can we, and why should we study regionalization through the lens of citizenship?. In: Shape and be Shaped: The Future Dynamics of Regional. Paper presented at Regional Studies Association Shape and be Shaped: The Future Dynamics of Regional Development Annual European Conference 2013 Tampere, Finland 5-8 May 2013 University of Tampere.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Regional Citzienship: Can we, and why should we study regionalization through the lens of citizenship?
2013 (Swedish)In: Shape and be Shaped: The Future Dynamics of Regional, 2013Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Keywords
Regional Citizenship
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36622 (URN)9781897721445 (ISBN)
Conference
Regional Studies Association Shape and be Shaped: The Future Dynamics of Regional Development Annual European Conference 2013 Tampere, Finland 5-8 May 2013 University of Tampere
Available from: 2015-06-22 Created: 2015-06-22 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Mitander, T. (2013). Regionalt medborgarskap: Sociala rum och ordnande praktiker. In: Tomas Mitander, Line Säll, Andreas Öjehag-Pettersson (Ed.), Det regionala medborgarskapets praktiker: Tiden, makten, rummet (pp. 143-160). Göteborg: Daidalos
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Regionalt medborgarskap: Sociala rum och ordnande praktiker
2013 (Swedish)In: Det regionala medborgarskapets praktiker: Tiden, makten, rummet / [ed] Tomas Mitander, Line Säll, Andreas Öjehag-Pettersson, Göteborg: Daidalos, 2013, p. 143-160Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Daidalos, 2013
Keywords
Regionalt medborgarskap Regionalisering Samhällsbyggande
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36617 (URN)978-91-7173-422-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-06-22 Created: 2015-06-22 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Mitander, T., Säll, L. & Öjehag-Pettersson, A. (2013). Tiden, makten, rummet. In: Mitander, Tomas; Säll, Line; Öjehag-Pettersson, Andreas (Ed.), Det regionala samhällsbyggandets praktiker: Tiden, makten, rummet (pp. 240-252). Göteborg: Daidalos
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tiden, makten, rummet
2013 (Swedish)In: Det regionala samhällsbyggandets praktiker: Tiden, makten, rummet / [ed] Mitander, Tomas; Säll, Line; Öjehag-Pettersson, Andreas, Göteborg: Daidalos, 2013, p. 240-252Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Daidalos, 2013
National Category
Social Sciences Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34564 (URN)978-91-7173-422-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-11-07 Created: 2014-11-07 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
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