Local community, mobility and belonging

Anja Jørgensen, Mia Arp Fallov, Lisbeth B. Knudsen

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to pose some theoretical questions to the relations between local community, mobility and belonging.In continuation the methodological implications of the theoretical debate are discussed.The article also outlines different perspectives on local neighbourhoods,recent developments in the understandings of mobility and local communities,and presents different theoretical views on local belonging.These questions highlight
the necessity to discuss and investigate two overall narratives in social theory
about the connection between space and social relations.Namely,1) that social
relations in the late modern society has been lifted from a local geographical
context and restructured in a global context,because individuals’attachment to geographical place has been eroded.2) We want to question the traditional assumptions connected to socio-­economic segregation labelling the marginalised groups as contained in local neighbourhoods,while ascribing freedom and reflexivity exclusively to the middle and upper classes.The study of local communities in urban environments has a long tradition in the science of sociology and it is concluded that revitalizing and methodologically updating the classic Chicago school of sociology can create a productive approach to the study of local community, mobility and belonging.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDanish Journal of Geoinformatics and Land Management
Volume46
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)22-35
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Local community
  • mobility
  • belonging

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