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Den urbaniserade Umeälven: Vattenkraftverken som utsträckt urbanisering
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the power producing dams along the Ume-river as an integral part of and a result from the urbanization process in Sweden during industrial capitalism. The aim of the paper is to contribute to the knowledge of the urbanization process in Sweden in general and of its traces along the Ume river in the county of Västerbotten in particular. The paper applies the theory of concentrated urbanization and extended urbanization put forward by Neil Brenner and Christian Schmid (2015) and argues that the building of power producing dams along the Ume-river is part of an extended urbanization process. This becomes particularly evident when examining the vast physical structures that is the dams, situated in an otherwise remote and sparsely populated area. These vast physical structures are also very well connected to a nation wide electric grid that has connections to bordering countries as well. Due to neo-liberal developments in Sweden the former state governed electrical market is now deregularized and exposed to corporate competition and capitalist speculation. This paper mainly contributes to the understanding of the urbanization process as a process not only taking place in large urban agglomerations but also affects and shapes by remote areas in physical, social and economic terms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
urbanization, extended urbanization, hydroelectric power, Ume river, rural
Keyword [sv]
urbanisering, urbaniseringsprocessen, utsträckt urbanisering, vattenkraft, Umeälven, Västerbotten
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-104284OAI: diva2:818622
Educational program
Programme in Urban and Regional Planning
Available from: 2015-06-09 Created: 2015-06-09 Last updated: 2015-06-09Bibliographically approved

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