Making a Scene

Urban Landscapes, Gentrification, and Social Movements in Sweden

Kimberly A. Creasap
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PB: $27.95
EAN: 978-1-4399-2088-6
Publication: Dec 21

HC: $74.50
EAN: 978-1-4399-2087-9
Publication: Dec 21

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EAN: 978-1-4399-2089-3
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202 pages
5.5 x 8.25
16 halftones, 4 maps

Examines how autonomous social movements respond to gentrification by creating their own cultural landscape in cities and suburbs


In the three largest cities in Sweden, social movement “scenes”—networks of social movement actors and the places they inhabit—challenge threats such as gentrification. The geography of the built environment influences their ability to lay claim to urban space and to local political processes. In Making a Scene, Kimberly Creasap emphasizes that it is the centrality, concentration, and visibility of these scenes that make them most effective. Whereas some scenes become embedded as part of everyday life—as in Malmö—in contrast, scenes in Göteborg and Stockholm often fail to become part of the fabric of urban neighborhoods.

Creasap investigates key spaces for scenes, from abandoned industrial areas and punk clubs to street festivals, bookstores, and social centers, to show how activists create sites and develop structures of resistance that are anti-capitalist, anti-fascist, anti-gentrification, queer, and feminist. She also charts the relationship between scenes and city spaces to show these autonomous social movements create their own cultural landscapes. Making a Scene encourages critical thinking about spatiality and place in the sociology of social movements and the role of social movements as important actors in urban development.

About the Author(s)

Kimberly A. Creasap is a sociologist and Director of the Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Civic and Urban Engagement at Wittenberg University.