Politics of the rurban void
Journal article, 2023

City-centric planning in Sweden has led to the dominance of stereotyped visions for both urban and rural areas within policy and planning practice. To challenge such a limited understanding, this study conceptualizes the rurban void. The aim of this article is to operationalize the rurban void as an analytical framework that extends beyond the urban and rural conceptual divide and can clarify how a neoliberal and city-centric planning practice in Sweden de-politicizes the urban and rural outside. The article discusses the potentials of a perspective that challenges urban privilege and opens up opportunities for the re-politicisation of spatial transformation.

rural planning



urban planning


Nils Björling

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Urban Design and Planning

Malin Rönnblom

Karlstad University

Space and Polity

1356-2576 (ISSN) 1470-1235 (eISSN)

Vol. In Press

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Business Administration

Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)

Human Geography

Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified



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