From Creep to Co-op: Research(er) Paying the Cost of Discplacement?


  • Joakim Forsemalm Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI), Gothenburg University, Sweden



Urban planning, ethnography, cultural planning, cultural broker


As discussed by planning researchers Jalakas & Larsson (2008), in Sweden, societal issues such as social sustainability, urban life and gender fails to travel from comprehensive documents in the urban planning system to the legislative ones (i.e. the “detailed development plans”). This might, as this essay argues, have to do with the absence of “cultural brokers”, i.e a kind of translator of the narratives told in a particular society. Can researchers act as such translators – increasing the precence of cultural and everyday-life experiences in legislative planning documents? This essay discusses problems and possibilities with an ethnography engageing with/in society.


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Theme: Communicating Culture in Practice