Høje træer kaster lange skygger - et projekt om beboerdemokratiet i Albertslund Syd

Mads Baggesen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Suburban district, Albertslund South, in the Copenhagen suburbs, was in the first half of the 1960s built on functionalist and rational planning ideals. The area should, as part of the welfare state development, provide new housing for the working class. Due to the constructions innovative architecture not only working class people were attracted to the area. Albertslund South was called a social housing experiment from the start and had a strong tenant democracy. Today the district shows serious signs of ghettoization like several other similar settlements in the social housing sector. The project analyzes, through various theories on democracy and the conceptual appara-tus of Bourdieu, the qualitative statements that have been produced based on interviews with five experienced activists from Albertslund South. The thesis focuses on how a construction injury case “The Roof Case” (“Tagsagen”) from 1975-1982 mobilized the residents who had some very participation-oriented de-mocratic and political ideals. Tagsagen mobilized residents on various actions, includ-ing the deposit and rent boycotts, demonstrations, events, arguments, writing in journals and newspapers and much more. They built ideals and capital (Bourdieu) which for many years delayed the problems with failing neighbourhood involvement and lack of democratic consolidation, issues which the rest of the public housing sector were fight-ing. Prior to Tagsagen one of the area's housing associations was already formally consoli-dated with a democratic model that was based on a General Assembly as the supreme authority in the organization. Forces within the organization have several times tried to abolish the model, but this has proven impossible since this model is a democratic car-dinal point for the old neighbourhood activists, who were active during Tagsagen. The former activists ideals of democracy, combined with the position on who should bear the responsibility and the bill for the upkeep of their homes poor state in regard to construction quality, represents a potential obstacle to the realization of a large-scale renovation. The renovation master plan for Albertslund South may otherwise become the district`s lifeline and prevent a downward spiral towards further segregation and ghettoization. The question is whether the residents will participate?

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato29 jan. 2010
VejledereJesper Visti Hansen & Michael Kjeldsen


  • Beboerdemokrati
  • Almene boligsektor