Den verkliga staden? : Norrköpings innerstad mellan urbana idéer och lokala identiteter

Sammanfattning: This dissertation studies how city planning is affected by notions on urbanity and ideas of the value of local places. Empirically, the dissertation deals with the development of the city of Norrköping in the 1990’s and the early 2000’s. The physical urban environment is formed with influences from general ideas of what a city is and should be, but also out of conceptions of the unique local place. The local history is an important factor for understanding the possibilities and obstacles in contemporary city planning. Theoretically, the dissertation is inspired by geographic, historical and sociological perspectives on space and time. Henri Lefebvre’s spatial triad is a central reference. The dissertation focus on three places in the city of Norrköping; Söder Tull, Skvallertorget and Nya Torget. Through a broad archival material and interviews with planners, politicians and other actors, the development of the places in 1990-2005 is analyzed in the light of urban development in Norrköping in the industrial and post-industrial eras.