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Planning for eco-friendly living in diverse societies
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6882-2735
2009 (English)In: Local Environment: the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, ISSN 1354-9839, E-ISSN 1469-6711, Vol. 14, no 4, 347-363 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Swedish cities are becoming increasingly multicultural and diverse in terms of lifestylesand socioeconomic conditions. However, cultural and social diversity is seldomconsidered when planning for sustainable urban development. This paper examinesplanning for more eco-friendly living in the increasingly diverse population of a citydistrict of Stockholm. The study reveals the prevalence of a discourse in which aSwedish identity carries environmental responsibility in the form of tidiness, recyclingand familiarity with nature. It is argued that planning for urban sustainability isunderpinned by Swedish middle-class norms, indirectly entailing processes of (self-)disciplining and transforming the other (foreign and/or troublesome dwellers) intowell-behaving Swedes. A clearer definition of the environmental improvementintended, its goals and target groups is needed. Finally, an appreciation of the multipleways we can save natural resources would make urban planning policies more attunedto social and cultural diversity as well as more environmentally progressive.

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Taylor and Francis, Routledge , 2009. Vol. 14, no 4, 347-363 p.
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eco-friendly living, diversity, justice, sustainable urban development
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-48612DOI: 10.1080/13549830902764738ScopusID: 2-s2.0-71849106384OAI: diva2:458197
Urban Environmental Justice
This is an electronic version of an article published in Local Environment, Volume 14, Issue 4, 2009. Local Environment is available online at: Qc 20120119Available from: 2012-01-19 Created: 2011-11-22 Last updated: 2012-01-19Bibliographically approved

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