Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 171–173 | Cite as

Ann Rodenstedt: Living in the calm and safe part of the city: the socio-spatial reproduction of upper-middle class neighbourhoods in Malmö

Geographica 6, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University, Uppsala, 2014, 270 pp, ISBN: 978-91-506-2437-3
  • Dominika V. Polanska
Book Review

This thesis in social and economic geography should awaken the curiosity of all scientists interested in urban issues like residential segregation, housing preferences and representations of space. Residential segregation is in the study understood from the perspective of class, class-related behaviors and preferences, as well as dimensions of security and neoliberalization processes intersecting over time in the city of Malmö. The contribution is in the more unconventional understanding of residential segregation, as Rodenstedt examines self-segregation of privileged groups in the local context. It is unconventional as segregation in Sweden is most often associated with “immigrant-dense” suburbs, thus resulting in the neglect of housing choices of the more resourceful groups. It is, however, not unusual from a broader perspective, including for instance other European countries, Northern or Latin America, as the trends of gating and lifestyle living have been widespread there at...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Södertörn UniversityStockholmSweden
  2. 2.University of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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