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The Rise and Fall of Supermax: How the US Prison Model and Ultra Punitive Penal Policy Travelled to Colombia

de Dardel, Julie ; Söderström, Ola

(Working Papers MAPS ; 3)

In the context of the US anti-narcotic program, ‘Plan Colombia’, during the first decade of the 21st century, special agents of the US Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) took position in the heart of the Colombian penitentiary administration. Their task was to lead a profound reform of the sector, based on the US ultra-punitive penal regime and its ‘supermax’ housing units. Based on...

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Mobility and the Transformation of Built Form

Guggenheim, Michael ; Söderström, Ola

In: Re-Shaping the City. How mobility shapes architecture and urban form, 2010, p. 3-19

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New forms of gentrification: issues and debates

Rérat, Patrick ; Söderström, Ola ; Piguet, Etienne

In: Population, Space and Place, 2010, vol. 16, no. 5, p. 335-343

This special issue addresses the questions of gentrification and new‐build gentrification, two processes of urban transformation that significantly contribute to the reconfiguration of the socio‐demographic profile of populations in contemporary cities. Whereas gentrification has long referred to the physical and social transformation of central areas through rehabilitation of existing...

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From urban wastelands to new-build gentrification: The case of Swiss cities

Rérat, Patrick ; Söderström, Ola ; Piguet, Etienne ; Besson, Roger

In: Population, Space and Place, 2010, vol. 16, no. 5, p. 429-442

Gentrification represents an important aspect of the transformation of socio-demographic structures in many cities around the world. The definition of this concept has been extended in recent years to cover different processes of social upgrading and to incorporate a plurality of forms, protagonists, and spaces. The notion of ‘new-build gentrification’ is part of this process of redefinition....

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Dynamics of globalization: mobility, space and regulation

Söderström, Ola ; Klauser, Francisco ; Piguet, Etienne ; Crot, Laurence

In: Geographica Helvetica - Swiss Journal of Geography, 2012, vol. 67, no. 1-2, p. 43-54

Les recherches actuelles conduites à l’Institut de Géographie de l’Université de Neuchâtel se concentrent sur l’importance cruciale de la mobilité dans les dynamiques de la mondialisation. En s’appuyant sur les études de la mobilité, cet article présente un cadre analytique susceptible d’étudier la «construction mobile de la société». L’article montre que la relation...

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Studying cosmopolitan landscapes

Söderström, Ola

In: Progress in Human Geography, 2006, vol. 30, no. 5, p. 553-558

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The mobile constitution of society : rethinking the mobility-society Nexus

Söderström, Ola ; Crot, Laurence

(Working Papers MAPS ; 7)

Concepts and metaphors referring to the idea of mobility have become pervasive in contemporary social theory. The aim of this article is to discuss what is implied by considering contemporary society as constituted by mobility – or rather mobilitiesi, to use the lexicon of scholars in this field. To do so, we start by reviewing some of the most influential contemporary social theories, and...