The politics of everyday life: urban materialities, modernity and conflictual interactions on two Danish mass housing estates in the 1970s

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This article explores the relations between everyday life, materiality and urban modernity on two Danish mass housing estates, the Gellerup Plan and Vollsmose, in the 1970s. Specifically, the article examines a series of conflicts concerning the residents’ use and misuse of seemingly mundane material devices, including shopping trolleys, waste disposal and laundry facilities. In doing so, the article argues that the residents’ daily engagements with everyday materialities and technologies constitute a privileged, yet overlooked, point of entry into the shifting relations between modernity, materiality and agency in the Danish welfare city in the 1970s.
TidsskriftUrban History
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)631-647
Antal sider17
StatusUdgivet - 2021
Udgivet eksterntJa