Storyteller #1 – technology development

Our first storyteller is a man from Kiruna and who used to work underground with drilling in the late 1970s. Here’s a story from working the morning shift back then: – When you came up, above ground, during Winter, it was dark. That’s how you lived. But, technology and work environment, technology development, that was the topic we talked about during our breaks. Our fantasies about the future were that […]

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At a conference

On October 20-21, we participated at the annual conference for business studies in Sweden, FEKIS, at Uppsala University. During the day, our project was one out of three examples of scholars in business studies researching societies; a session built on the idea of research challenging the predominant focus on formal organizations. Besides Organizing rocks, there were Caroline Wigren’s study of Gnosjö and Mikael Holmqvist’s study of Djursholm. Our project, however, […]


Kiruna zones

We were out riding in our rented car when it struck Tommy: Somebody is actually doing something to their house! The thought came quick and Tommy did not understand at first why this thought emerged so strongly. Then we realized – being in the zones in Kiruna that will be teared down, is being in an area where not much happens in terms of renovation and maintenance of buildings. What is […]


Moods in the field

The morale of this story is that any kind of social science research implies going in and out of moods. Being in a mood, and throughout life, in different contexts, going in and out of moods, is a precondition for human lives. And of course, this is a lived experience that is totally left out in social science textbooks, conferences and PhD education. Different moods imply different conversations, different writing, […]


Spatial divisions of labour

We think that it is always of great interest to read a so-called classic book. Doreen Massey’s book Spatial Divisions of Labour (social structures and the geography of production) is definitely a social science classic and a relevant one for our project (Palgrave, second edition, 1984/1995). In Tommy’s words: Massey is for me a rather demanding author; not that the language is tricky, nor the analysis exceptionally complicated. The demanding part […]


Feeling it, knowing it

The blogpost by Anette Hallin on August 30 was – besides a really good read – very timely. On the most recent trip to Kiruna (August 23-25), the importance of enrolling senses and sensibilities beyond the analytical part of the brain proved itself again. This time, Johan traveled alone so in his words: When in Kiruna, I usually don’t wake up when they blast at night, but this time it […]


Responsible research: combining sense and sensibility

Below is text on responsible research by guest blogger, Anette Hallin at Mälardalen University, Sweden (read more about Anette by clicking here): What is our responsibility as researchers? To develop knowledge about the world, most people would answer. But how do we do this in a responsible way? According to my view, performing responsible research involves issues about the relationship between the researcher and that which she studies; a question […]

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The way of the iron ore

The theater group Tornedalsteatern/Tornionlaakson teatteri works to enhance the interest for the culture and language (meänkieli) of people living in Torndealen, close to the border between Finland and Sweden. The group is a mix of amateurs and professionals doing very professional productions. Their latest project is a theater called Malmens väg/Malmin tie/Málmma geaidnu (the way of the ore) and is about the role of the iron ore mines in the […]


We are going on a…

…Summer holiday and would like to wish you all a great Summer. We’ll spend part of our vacation working with the next music album from the project (called “Production”), which we hope will be released on all digital music sites during Fall. We’ll let you know:-) We might also pick up one or two (or three) books. On the reading list right now: Do you know of any other good […]


Different stories about the collective

Early on in the project we talked to workers and managers that had worked at the Kiruna mine for a long time. Among the topics discussed was whether or not there is a worker collective today; in a deeper sense than in terms of union membership. A collective who can collectively agree that they have had enough and from that act in unison. At the time the story we heard […]


Meeting Sami people

What is so obvious in the labor process in the uranium mine in Saskatchewan – the integration of indigenous people – is less so in the Kiruna case. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the Sami people in and around Kiruna aren’t drawn into and affected by the labour process in the Kiruna mine. We think of the picture heading this post, the LKAB moose and the reindeer, and the […]


Precarious times

Working life in the mine is not turbulent at the moment, not at all, but due to the current re-organization it’s very precarious, uncertain, insecure, unreliable, unsure, unpredictable… This is not only the case for blue collar workers and white collar workers in service positions who are unsure of where employments will be cut (cause there’ll be cut downs), but also for managers, particularly middle managers. At LKAB in Kiruna, […]


Spaceland album out now!

First on Spotify, soon on 40 other digital music services (including iTunes and Amazon)! Click here for Spotify link! On the menue on the left, you’ll find the Spaceland booklet with all info on the songs (including lyrics)!

Theoretical saturation

There is a golden rule in research that you can stop a case study when you have theoretical saturation, that is, when you sense that what you hear, observe and see are same-same-but-not-too-different. As all golden rules this one is doubtful. Can there be an end to a case study for this reason? So far, we have managed to equip ourselves with new questions and issues – and the very reason […]