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Stockholm as a Mobile Valley: Empty spaces or illusionary images?
Mälardalen University, School of Business.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6662-0403
2004 (Swedish)In: Journal of Urban Technology, ISSN 1063-0732, Vol. 11, no 3, p. 87-108Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In today's economy, the production and consumption of images rivals the production and consumption of products, challenging basic notions of economic practices, transforming what constitutes an economic system and shifting the appropriate sites of analysis: "Images are now as much amaterial force in and between societies as are economic and political forces". Constructing and using images related to information technology, silicon, and digital fabrics, has been one way of (re)presenting a city in the late twentieth century. Examples from the early 1990s are Osaka as a"city of intelligence," Barcelona as a "city of telematics," Amsterdam as a "city of information," and Manchester as a "wired city." More recent examples include Stockholm, of course, as an "IT City" or a "Mobile Valley," Boston as the "Cyber District," Colorado Springs as "the Silicon Mountains," and the beach area between Santa Barbara and San Diego as the "Digital Coast." How such images are created, how they are circulated, and whether they have any correspondence to the lived city, are beyond the scope of this paper-as is the question of whether the images of Stockholm as the Internet City or as the Mobile Valley are "true." The concern of this paper is to show the functions that these images perform-in a spatial sense. In other words, what does an image of Stockholm as an IT City do? What happens when Stockholm is mentioned as the "Internet Capital of Europe" on the cover of Newsweek? What are the results of Stockholm's being identified as the "most dynamic and attractive European region (in which) to work and live" by the German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche? These questions are answered by first offering atheo retical account, in spatial terms, of what images do and then studying the IT-related images of Stockholm presented in articles, reports, photographs, and Internet searches. 

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2004. Vol. 11, no 3, p. 87-108
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-3785DOI: 10.1080/10630730500064414ISI: 000228130800004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-17944373635OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-3785DiVA, id: diva2:116449
Available from: 2007-10-22 Created: 2007-10-22 Last updated: 2015-07-03Bibliographically approved

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