Tag Archives: power

What local people? Us local people!

The two sisters Maxida och Mimie Märak were the source of inspiration for this song by Tommy. Their energy in the (as shown in a four episodes documentary broadcasted by the Swedish state television, SVT) made it necessary to grab the pen and the guitar. Please find a proper stereo to play it; if you use a telephone, then at least use headphones. In the documentary (episode 2), The Sápmi […]

We the north

Another song from the project. Lyrics by Johan Sandström, but all the rest (music, song, production) by Tommy Jensen.   We the north The story of the north A seeping flow A one-way road By truck, river, train Left is what was All else down the drain Who decides, who says Who knows Who stays To find out, to decide The strategy of the rest Reaping the one-way tide It’s […]

Well-known but unspoken

LKAB dominates Kiruna. Does it sound too simple? Is LKAB with its Kirunavaara mine dictating the terms of conditions in Kiruna? The complex relation between LKAB and the community of Kiruna, with its different civil society associations, small and medium-sized firms, politicians, citizens, nature and the mine with its massive infrastructure, can be understood through storytelling and metaphors. So far the stories and metaphors we have come across suggest an […]


What is the relation between capital and workers today? Is a political will and struggle still present? As in the strike in 1969/1970 where the predominant part of the workers (a strong collective) in Svappavaara and Kiruna jointly shouted out that “we are humans”, “we want higher salaries”, “a safer and more humane workload”. If human dignity, salary, and safe and humane working conditions were essential in the 1969 strike, then […]

The paradox of the north

On October 24, Johan talked about the paradox of the north at a book and image fair in Luleå. The paradox of the north is basically about the enormous investments made in the north (predominantly in mining and wind power), but where the returns for the rural areas where the mines and wind power parks are located are remarkably scant. Johan was asked to talk from a researcher’s perspective, and […]

End of the road? Part 3

Faced with the reply from a top manager that the company LKAB has no interest to participate in our project, one outcome so far is that we were contacted by a person, that we met previously, that could help us to establish new routes to workers and managers. News travel fast.  

After method

Here is a song about how we think and live method (lyrics and music: Tommy Jensen). After method (The John Law song) What is a labour process? Where does it begin and end? Who and what does it contain? Where does it appear? And who are loosing out? What is power? Is it power over? Is it power through? Or power with? Or all of the above? Rather be a stigmatic […]

Mining the schools

We overhear a group of young girls while drinking beer at the hotel. It sounds interesting. Could we engage in the conversation? We decide not. Two, middle-aged men, beer-breaths, trying to tie in with young girls… Nah, not a good idea. We refrain from this opportunity; we have experienced a similar situation before, and bailed out. However, this evening we dare to interfere to the extent that we say: ”You have […]

End of the road? Part 2

“Who [from the company] governs you?”, the middle manager asks. “Nobody”, one of us answers. This conversation took place in a coffee room inside the gates of LKAB and the meeting was coincidental. The answer to the question was appearingly very provocative, received by a person who took very seriously the importance of line, hierarchy and control. Albeit differently put, we’ve received this question before, but we have then, to […]


New management practices and information technology is challenging the boundaries between work and other spheres of life. But who is setting the boundaries between on/off-work, and between body and mind? It seems that for blue collar workers, the physical entry/exit passage to the mine is a solid barrier between work and off work. When they enter, they are at work, when they leave, they are off work. For example, once the worker is […]

Science is performative

”Science in action” (Latour, 1987) by the French sociologist Bruno Latour is a major inspiration for our study. Basically the message by Latour is that science is performative, not ostensive. Instead of viewing science as merely attempting to describe things, with an objective gaze, from a neutral position, a performative view on science implies that the way scientists develop their theories and assemble their methods change the very thing it attempts […]