Negotiations on Place and Heritage: Public Participation as Social Drama

By Annelie Sjölander Lindqvist, Petra Adolfsson and Anna Bohlin.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies

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In his work on political performances and their symbolic features, Victor Turner probes how social actions, resulting from the flouting of social norms of behavior and conduct in social communities by certain actors, acquire form through a four-step ritualized movement. This paper suggests that the same four phases may occur in democratic efforts to increase the public’s participation in social planning. Drawing on the case studies in three cities, this paper investigates how individuals became mobilized in negotiations regarding specific sites. Through focusing on the meanings, intentions and aspirations of the concerned actors, the paper analyzes the particular circumstances in which the actors involved in a participatory process in these cities operate. The cities are Helsingborg and Barsebäck in Sweden and Cape Town in South Africa. It will be demonstrated that in such engagement processes, participatory practice is situated in a certain historical and social context that gives structure and meaning to these procedures. Further, this participatory process manifests a complex situation where cultural identity, diverse interests, expediency and morality are indivisible.

Keywords: Public participation, Social Drama, Heritage

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, Volume 8, Issue 3, December 2014, pp.39-49. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 10, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 354.880KB)).

Dr Annelie Sjölander Lindqvist

Researcher, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

Dr. Petra Adolfsson

Lecturer, GRI, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

Anna Bohlin

Lecturer, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden