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Mediations of Spatial Attachment and Belonging in the City
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Media and Communication Studies. (Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap)
2011 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to illuminate mediation and creative articulation of the city, by migrant groups and individuals, both as an extension of and in juxtaposition to the imaginaries accommodated by the national space of the host country. Based on an ethnographic study (conducted between 2008 and 2010) of migrants originating from Turkey (of various Turkish and Kurdish ethnicities) living in Stockholm, this paper discusses how the city, and urban space, feeds into the expressive pursuit of sustaining and forging identificatory categories based on and around ethnicity, culture, location and generation by taking social constellations launched on online social media as a case in point. The majority of the individuals interviewed for this project express identification with the city, in this case Stockholm (and, with the urban-cultural elements) to a significantly greater degree than they relate to “Sweden”, its national space and culture and the national discourse on migrants and migration. The paper draws upon the conceptual frameworks of expressivity (Hetherington, 1998) and cultural citizenship in order to account for everyday communicative processes that lie outside of the formal, Westphalian definition of citizenship; and, on the notions of space, mobility and reflexivity in relation to the ways in which these notions are embodied in the communication process

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
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Humanities
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-12460OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-12460DiVA: diva2:511467
Conference
Cities, Connectivity and Creativity: IAMCR International Association for Media and Communication Research conference (Istanbul), July 13-17 2011
Available from: 2012-03-21 Created: 2012-03-21 Last updated: 2012-06-04Bibliographically approved

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