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Pühringer, Maria Franziska, 2013. “The future will be local.” Omställning Sverige – the transition towns movement in Sweden : from local communities to counter-hegemony?. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

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Neoliberal paradigms and a neoliberal hegemony are increasingly under pressure. Social and environmental movements stand on the forefront of providing alternative ways of thinking. In this paper I look into a newly emerged environmental movement in Sweden, Omställning Sverige. My main question is if the Swedish branch of the Transition Towns Movement can be considered counter-hegemonic.
Up till today there has been little research on Omställning Sverige. My study focuses on ideas and practices of movement members. I explore how the movement tries to provide alternatives to neoliberal development and attempts to influence negotiations on what is considered legitimate in Swedish society.

The aim of the study is to shed light on this expanding movement in the Swedish context, as well as to relate their actions to neoliberal hegemony in general. Geographically the study was limited to the county of Stockholm. I investigated four active Transition groups, applying a qualitative methodology. The data collection was carried out through interviews and participant observations, followed by a qualitative thematic analysis.

Main title:“The future will be local.” Omställning Sverige – the transition towns movement in Sweden
Subtitle:from local communities to counter-hegemony?
Authors:Pühringer, Maria Franziska
Supervisor:Jansson, Oscar
Examiner:Bartholdson, Örjan
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2013
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM009 Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:Transition Towns Movement, Omställning Sverige, Sweden, Stockholm, environmental movement, hegemony, counter-hegemony, common sense, resistance, neoliberal hegemony
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-2552
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-2552
Language:English
Deposited On:08 Jul 2013 13:12
Metadata Last Modified:08 Jul 2013 13:12

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