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Using the Past to Construct Territorial Identities in Regional Planning: the Case of Mälardalen, Sweden
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7597-1851
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Abstract [en]

This study examines how the past is used in the construction of regional identity narratives in policy discourses and documents. Despite assumptions that regional identity is based on shared culture, some authors argue that new forms of regional identity have emerged as the consequence of regions’ involvement in wider networks. Identity has been pursued as an asset to regional attractiveness and economic growth and, as such, is shaped by regional development strategies concerning particular social groups. Socially shared representations of the past through history, cultural heritage and collective memory play an important role in this process since the past is a powerful resource that may be used to construct images of places, legitimizing claims on territories. Document analysis and interviews with planners are used to analyse strategies for regional development in five counties located in the Mälardalen Region, Sweden. This study shows that regional strategies are guided by identity narratives framing regions from an exclusive outside perspective, leaving internal qualities unnoticed. The past is used to structure these narratives and construct identities that serve economic growth rather than the integration of the plural heritages of the region.

Keyword [en]
uses of the past, territorial identity, regional planning, Mälardalen Region, Sweden
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187431OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-187431DiVA: diva2:930129
Available from: 2016-05-23 Created: 2016-05-23 Last updated: 2016-05-23Bibliographically approved
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1. Stories of Pasts and Futures in Planning
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2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Societies are constantly changing, facing new challenges and possibilities generated by innovative technologies, sociospatial re-structuring and mobilities. This research approaches these challenges by exploring the role that stories about pasts, presents and futures play in planning. It sees stories as interlinked spaces of struggle over meanings, legitimacies and powers through which “our” valuable pasts and “our” desirable futures become re-constructed, framed and projected. It argues that powerful stories might consciously or unconsciously become institutionalised in policy discourses and documents, foregrounding our spatial realities and affecting our living spaces. These arguments and assumptions are investigated in relation to three cases: Regional-Pasts, SeGI-Futures and ICT-Futures. The stories about pasts, presents and futures surrounding these cases are investigated with the aim of initiating critical discussions on how stories about pasts and futures can inform, but also be sustained by, planning processes. While studies of these cases are presented in separate papers, these studies are brought together in an introductory essay and reconstructed in response to the research questions: How do regional futures become informed by the pasts? How do particular stories about the pasts become selected, framed and projected as envisioned futures? What messages are conveyed to the pasts and the presents through envisioned futures? How can stories of the past be referred and re-employed in planning to build more inclusive futures? To engage with the multidisciplinarity of these questions, they are investigated through dialogues between three main fields: heritage studies, futures studies and planning. The discussions have challenged the conventional divides between pasts, presents and futures, emphasised their plural nature and uncovered how the discursive power of stories play a significant role when interpreting pasts and envision futures in planning practices.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2016. 80 p.
Series
TRITA-SOM, ISSN 1653-6126 ; 2016:08
Keyword
Stories, Pasts, Futures, Planning, Power
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Planning and Decision Analysis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187308 (URN)978-91-7729-005-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-06-15, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2016-05-23 Created: 2016-05-19 Last updated: 2016-09-26Bibliographically approved

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