Social movements opposing Mega Projects: A rhizome of resistance to the neoliberal hydra?
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Sociala rörelser mot megaprojekt : Ett rhizome av motstånd till det nyliberala monstret? (Swedish)
The aim of this degree project is to provide a description of the social movements that struggle against mega projects in Europe and of the relations between them.
A body of literature on neoliberalism sets the context in which these struggles take place. The concept of rhizome, encompassing characters of multiplicity, heterogeneity, horizontality, is presented as a theoretical framework.
These theoretical foundations are confronted with investigation on two levels. At a general level, internet-based research is carried out to map, at least in part, the constellation of movements involved. At a more focused level, participant observation is conducted in specific sites in order to grasp the ideas, discourses and meanings that colour the struggles.
By setting the struggles in a wider political context and by experimenting alternative social and spatial practices, the rhizome of movements gives deeper significance to the contestation of mega projects and opens societal prospects.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 97 p.
SoM EX, 2014-25
social movements, megaprojects, neoliberalism, rhizome, Unnecessary Imposed Mega Projects, mapping, social disparities, spatial polarisation, democracy, Notre-Dame-des-Landes
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-151420OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-151420DiVA: diva2:748629
Subject / course
Urban and Regional Planning
Degree of Master - Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
2014-09-08, 6056, Drottning Kristinas väg 30, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Tahvilzadeh, Nazem, Forskare, Fil Dr
Haas, Tigran, Univ lektor