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The pit: landscape scars as potential cultural tools
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Heritage Studies (IJHS), ISSN 1352-7258, Vol. 19, no 7, 692-708 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A huge and continuously growing pit is about to divide the Swedish mining town of Malmberget into two halves. What once was the town centre is now a 200 metres deep hole, and private homes and key buildings like the old school and the church have had to be demolished or moved. The pit is a human imposed landscape scar' epitomising the town's lost golden age of mining, its present situation of decline and uncertain future prospects - despite a recent recovery in the mining industry. Although the pit is decisively present in the local community, it is not articulated as significant, especially not from a heritage perspective. Why is this so? In this article, we examine the pit as a potential cultural tool for heritage processes, and find that it is indeed used by individuals in this respect, but not in collective memorialisation. We conclude that landscape scars definitely can constitute critical cultural tools, although they may not always need to be labelled as belonging to an authorized heritage discourse'. Instead, the potential of the landscape scar is to enhance the amount and recognition of shared memories in the local community.

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2013. Vol. 19, no 7, 692-708 p.
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landscape scar, cultural tool, industrial heritage, Malmberget, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-133965DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2012.705060ISI: 000325845600005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84887010607OAI: diva2:664435

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