Speak for yourself! Den Sorte Firkant narrates; An investigation into the variety of narratives of Blågårdsgadekvarteret

by Martine Søndergaard Hansen

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Record ID: 1120797
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/23193


This project aims through a phenomenological approach to investigate the variety of narratives that appear in Blågårdsgadekvarteret, at Inner Nørrebro in Copenhagen. Throughout the empirical collection we seek to minimize the impact of our prior understandings in relation to our critique of reproducing adverse hegemonic narratives or mediated pictures because we understand these as producing marginalisation and stigmatisation in line with Loïc Wacquant’s theory. Inspired by Kirsten Simonsen and Leonie Sandercock we understand the city as dynamically co-formed through a variety of narratives and embodied experiences and that narratives are important towards urban planning. In tune with our phenomenological approach we found eight themes presented by our informants, that describe the area: The village, Diversity, Rough, Social issues, Gentrification, Places of recreation in the massive “Stenbro”, and Offers, Everyday Life and Business. The project concludes that through a phenomenological approach, you can minimize the influence of your on prior understandings on the produced knowledge. Furthermore that the informant’s understanding of the area and thereby the variety of narratives, are influenced by hegemonic narratives in an reactionary manner and also by the area’s historical heritage both in a physical and political way.