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Logics of rurality: political rhetoric about the Swedish North
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. (Arcum)
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies. (Ageing and Living Conditions Programme (ALC))
2015 (English)In: Journal of Rural Studies, ISSN 0743-0167, E-ISSN 1873-1392, Vol. 37, 85-95 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A recurring question in regional and national politics in Sweden is how Norrland a sparsely populated and partly declining region in the north of the country will be able to survive in the long run. The answer to this question varies between different political parties. With Swedish parliamentary material (non-government bills) as the point of departure this paper examines how the region of Norrland is used and created in political rhetoric. Four discourses were identified that all tried to fixate Norrland in different ways. The paper argues that pro-Norrland arguments may be counterproductive on a discursive level due to how they are organised. By identifying two dominant logics that traversed the different discourses and affected the processes of meaning making, we describe how pro-Norrland arguments that differ ideologically and/or employ different discourses reproduced a common view of Norrland as an inherently rural, remote and problematic area. 

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2015. Vol. 37, 85-95 p.
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Rurality, Discourse, Logics, Politics, Norrland
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Public Administration Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-102300DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.11.012ISI: 000349724000009OAI: diva2:825806
Available from: 2015-06-24 Created: 2015-04-23 Last updated: 2016-05-26Bibliographically approved

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