Istedagde: Unravellings the Paradoxes

Gabriella Muasya, Tobias Fønsskov Dahl, Ingibjörg Árnadóttir, Tringë Berisha & Vibeke Winther

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project is an ethnographic study which aims to understand and uncover the impacts of urban renewal with a specific focus on the street Istedgade located in Vesterbro, Denmark. As urban renewal and gentrification historically are highly contentious terms, our work focuses on discovering the effects this urban renewal has had on the people inhabiting Istedgade and how the perception and consumption of the street have likewise been affected. The project is based on empirical material gathered through qualitative interviews and participant observation which was done over the period from March to May 2016. The project has its focus on two themes: spatial layers and social groups and how these themes have played a part in the change of Istedgade’s image. In analysing our empirical material and chosen themes, we have mainly drawn upon human geographer Tim Cresswell and sociologist Loic Wacquant in understanding the spatial layers; the places within the place of Istedgade. Furthermore, we use Erving Goffman in uncovering the social groups and different representations of self focusing upon the notion of belonging to Istedgade. Lastly, we question the phenomenon of gentrification in the context of cosmopolitanism, linking it with globalisation.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato23 maj 2016
VejledereChristian Groes-Green


  • Gentrification
  • Istedagde
  • Urban Reneval