Knutpunkten: An Ethnographic Work at a Transportation Hub in Sweden

Leila C. Valoura
Lund University, Sweden

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Ingår i: Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 62:60, s. 563-570

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Publicerad: 2011-11-22

ISBN: 978-91-7519-993-1

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


This article describes and analyzes a three-month ethnographic field research study conducted at Knutpunkten; the central hub of all transportation located in the city of Helsingborg; on the southwest coast of Sweden. This busy; urban setting of transportation is affected by social conflicts and the general public’s feeling of avoidance; as if Knutpunkten was invisible. Looking further at these features the research study aims to uncover layers of social practices enacted in the space of this hub that “conveys” a diversity of people everyday through its space. In observation of material and non-material cultures as well as interviews; findings suggest that Knutpunkten reflects the social tension involving power relations; segregation; excessive alcohol consumption; and youth disorientation that exists outside its walls; as if this hub was a microcosm of Helsingborg. Contrasts; e.g.; mobility/stagnation; routine/entertainment; upstairs/downstairs bring relevant and timely reflections regarding spatial practices and empowerment in the city of Helsingborg; at a time when the city is planning the urban renewal project H+ The Tolerant City; which will be built South of Knutpunkten.


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