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Carlfjord, Sofia, 2017. Farewell welfare : local manifestations of the welfare society in two rural Swedish towns. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



In this master's thesis, I investigate the local manifestations of the welfare state through a case study of
two Swedish small rural towns. Using local stories and narratives collected through in-depth interviews and observations, I follow the development of the towns from the 30's until today. I examine the development through the aspects of modernity, market driven marginalization, industrialization, administrative rationalization, extended communities and collective remembering through instant
media. I use theoretical concepts such as place, identity and Anthony Giddens structuration theory to understand how the welfare society has affected the local acting space of people and the creation of the local places. I conclude that the national project the welfare state had and still have very situated and local effects, which differ much in my two different towns. Factors such as location, locality and the
people of the local community impact on how structures coming from the outside are understood and used locally. The structures frame the local acting space, but they also become locally structured. The welfare society has had a large influence on the appearances and functions of today's towns. It has transformed them from small trivial villages to modern service centers, but also stripped away some of
their functions through further rationalization and modernization, which locally is perceived as a
marginalizing let down. Through protesting against this marginalization, the inhabitants of the town create new acting space and further affect the local place and development. Concluding, the welfare society is a national, structuring phenomenon. However, it is in the local setting that people meet it and understand its influence as either limiting or enabling. It is therefore the conditions of the local place that create the welfare society in which we actually live.

Main title:Farewell welfare
Subtitle:local manifestations of the welfare society in two rural Swedish towns
Authors:Carlfjord, Sofia
Supervisor:Hansen, Kjell
Examiner:Bartholdson, Örjan
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2017
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NY007 Agriculture Programme - Rural Development 270 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:place, welfare society, community, modernity, local action space, small town
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Rural sociology and social security
Social sciences, humanities and education
Deposited On:18 Aug 2017 08:39
Metadata Last Modified:18 Aug 2017 08:39

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