Høje Gladsaxe til fods - om kropslig tilknytning i et stigmatiseret boligområde

Ene Elisabeth Riisbjerg Fruergaard

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis is a study of the sense of place in a stigmatized neighborhood, and how social and physical elements affect the residents’ perception and attachment in a marginalized neighborhood,
The thesis is based on a phenomenological approach to space and place. Yi-Fu Tuan’s book ”Place and Space” is used in this thesis to form the basis of understanding space and place from the perspective of the individual. Edward Relph’s book ”Place and placelessness” adds to the understanding of feeling at home or feeling alienated in the stigmatized area. Kirsten Simonsen, Bjørn Laursen and Setha Low are used in further understanding the role of the body and the senses in experiencing places.
The empirical work is based on eight interviews with residents in the social housing project Høje Gladsaxe. Six interviews are walking interviews, where the phenomenological experience of the area is highly explored. Part of the empirical base is autoethnographic, since the author has lived in the area for the past five years, and both her past and present experiences are included in the analysis.
The study shows that mainly the informants recognize that they live in a stigmatized neighborhood but do not experience many problems in the area themselves. Many informants are happy living in the area, have contact with their neighbors and engage in the social life in the area. They wish to show the positive sides of the neighborhood to family, friends and the surrounding society, and some of them speak against the stigmatization of the area.
On this background the thesis concludes by presenting a map of the area, with a walking tour around Høje Gladsaxe. This can be used by visitors and residents to gain a deeper knowledge of the area and support a change of the stigmatized image of the area.

UddannelserGeografi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatPerformance-design, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato19 mar. 2018
Antal sider84
VejledereTatiana Fogelman & Bjørn Laursen


  • stigmatisering
  • gående interview
  • stedsidentitet
  • udsat boligområde
  • ghetto
  • autoetnografi
  • fænomenologi
  • kropslighed
  • stedstilknytning
  • Høje Gladsaxe