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Hedelin, Matilda, 2022. Rural views on the transition from fossil-fuelled cars to electric cars. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



This study highlights perspectives considering the transition from fossil-fueled cars to electric cars in the Swedish passenger car fleet. The perspectives origins from semi-structured interviews with six rural residents in Värmland, Sweden, and from examined editorials, news reporting and debate articles in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN). The theoretical approaches of this case study are sociotechnical imaginaries, ontological security, identity, and a reinterpreted version of “the agrarian question” which I refer to as “the rural question”. Using these theoretical approaches, I have found that fossil-fueled vehicles in rural areas have a dimension of certain social identities and role identities that are dependent on the internal-combustion engine. I also argue that the need for ontological security among car drivers are one reason to why rural citizens have not fully committed to the imaginary of an electrified future of the passenger car fleet. Sociotechnical imaginaries appear in both DN and the interviews, where journalists in DN have a particularly optimistic imaginary of an electrified future, while the participants show a wider range of imaginaries. I have also interpreted a worry among journalist of being associated with right-wing movements like the fuel uprising when writing about possible solutions for rural areas in terms of expensive fuels. I conclude the thesis by stating that rural areas demand a more wide range of technological solutions than urban areas.

Main title:Rural views on the transition from fossil-fuelled cars to electric cars
Authors:Hedelin, Matilda
Supervisor:Mutter, Amelia
Examiner:Alarcon Ferrari, Cristian and Beckman, Malin
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2022
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NY009 Agriculture Programme - Rural Development 300 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:electric cars, fossil fuels, sociotechnical imaginaries, rural development
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:History
Rural sociology and social security
Deposited On:11 Jul 2022 11:42
Metadata Last Modified:12 Jul 2022 01:00

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