Living in the ruins of buried alive? Conditions for sustainable development in former single industry communities

Vallström, Maria (2013) Living in the ruins of buried alive? Conditions for sustainable development in former single industry communities. Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary, Special E (4). pp. 37-44. ISSN 2046-5378

[img]
Preview
Text (FEC-Special-Edition-2013-4-Living-in-the-ruins-of-buried-alive)
FEC_Special_Edition_2013_4_Living_in_the_ruins_of_buried_alive.pdf
Final Published Version

Download (395kB)| Preview

    Abstract

    My field is former single industry communities in the region of Gävleborg, Sweden, focusing on Norrsundet, Ljusne and Hofors. They can be defined as single industry communities in the sense that they were built as a consequence of establishing industries, and one industry was usually larger, and/or subordinating others.i Another characteristic is that they were built to be modern, or actually urban, and thereby tends to lack the charm sought for in agricultural villages. A society who used to be modern is seldom depicted as picturesque and appealing to visitors. In comparison with Iceland I guess the counterpart is fishing villages, with existing or former fishing industry in a rather large scale.