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Local responses to structural changes: Collective action for rural communities in Sweden
2013 (English)In: Social Capital and Rural Development in the Knowledge Society / [ed] Hans Westlund and Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013, 1, p. 247-272Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The starting point for my discussion in this chapter is a personal statement from a woman engaged in local development work in her community. Her words express views concerning what I will refer to as collective action for rural communities in Sweden. The woman’s words express feelings of hopelessness related to a political framework of ‘reduction hysteria’ that does not support ‘rural areas’. The symbolic sentences speak for this woman and her particular community, but are recognizable for other community groups and engaged persons struggling for community survival (quote from a newspaper article (ÖA 1997), my translation): No matter how many local development projects we are running we cannot compensate for today’s reduction hysteria in rural areas. It is like spitting against the wind, despite EU millions and cheerful shouts. Because all the time there are new circus-trains and clowns that with a sudden pencil stroke erase service, dismiss people and strike out much more than we will ever manage to build up...

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Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013, 1. p. 247-272
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New Horizons in Regional Science
Keywords [en]
development studies, development studies, environment, environmental sociology, geography, human geography, social policy and sociology, sociology and sociological theory, urban and regional studies, regional studies, urban studies
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-64542DOI: 10.4337/9781782540601.00019ISBN: 9781782540595 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-64542DiVA, id: diva2:1146649
Available from: 2013-12-16 Created: 2017-10-03Bibliographically approved

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