|Urban green space as an arena for inclusion and exclusion: Discourses of the Swedish labor movement 1880-1940|
|From the mid-19th century, population growth, industrialization and the growing importance of coal contributed to an unhealthy urban environment. In this period of urban change, the discourse on parks and green spaces in urban areas gained importance.
The latter decades of the 19th century also contained the breakthrough of the Swedish labor movement, which would dominate Swedish politics from the 1930s.
Urban green space, such as allotments and parks, became important political issues for the Swedish labor movement and during this period, different competing discourses developed.
In my paper, the focus will be on Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city and arguably the birthplace of the Swedish labor movement. As the city grew and became increasingly industrialized, social tensions escalated.|