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Dagson, Simon, 2017. Together where we are : associational life in a small rural town. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

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Associations and other civil society organisations are active and present in most rural areas of Sweden,
and the tradition of associational life is strong. The variation among the associations is large, varying
in size and level of activity as well as the goals with the invested engagement.
I will investigate the associational life in the local community of a small town to further discuss the role
and structure of the civil society organisations in a rural context of a small town. This study investigates
the varying forms and motivations existing within the civil society organisations in Malmbäck, and how
they relate to the town and those who live in it. The theoretical concept of community has been used as
an analytical tool to understand the qualitative empirical material, based on interviews and observations.
Beyond the different core interests that the associations are based upon, there are activities with a clear
social function where the whole community get together. In the social interaction created by the
associations’ activities, experiences and memories are shared and a sense of belonging is created and
maintained. The role kept by the civil society organisations in this case, appears to be centred around
the local community itself and the sense of belonging. This aspect of civil society differs to other views
of rural associations, hence highlighting the variety of the civil society organisations and the need for a
nuanced discussion.

Main title:Together where we are
Subtitle:associational life in a small rural town
Authors:Dagson, Simon
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:associational life, community, civil society, rural civil society, rural associations, civil society organizations
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Rural population
Deposited On:24 Oct 2017 06:46
Metadata Last Modified:24 Oct 2017 06:46

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