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Luoma, Pentti; Kinnula, Marianne; Kuure, Leena; Halkola, Eija; Riekki, Maritta (2017) The planning and building of a new residential community : a discourses survey. Apples – Journal of Applied Language Studies 10(2): 5–27

The planning and building of a new residential community : a discourses survey

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Author: Luoma, Pentti1; Kinnula, Marianne1; Kuure, Leena1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu
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Language: English
Published: Jyväskylän yliopisto, 2016
Publish Date: 2017-11-24


The study introduces the results of a discourses survey mapping the media content and public views on the emergence of a residential community in a northern Finnish city. Three major discourses were seen to be at play in the process. The first of these highlighted communality and envisioned the area as a modern ‘village community’ where children were to be raised as active citizens. Secondly, the new school for the area was discursively constructed as serving not only this community but piloting new practices for the good of the whole city and even the country. The third discourse foregrounded dependencies between the new locality, the older neighbouring areas and the city centre. The analysis brought to light the diversity of actors and their voices in the long-term community planning process. The discourses survey highlighted the politicians’ and citizens’ viewpoints on the community planning and building process, showing the complexity of the process and its impact on the daily life of the citizens.

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Series: Apples. Journal of applied language studies
ISSN: 1457-9863
ISSN-E: 1457-9863
ISSN-L: 1457-9863
Volume: 10
Issue: 2
Pages: 5 - 27
DOI: 10.17011/apples/urn.201609194144
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 6121 Languages
5141 Sociology
113 Computer and information sciences
Copyright information: © 2016 The authors.