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Cultural Frameworks and the Sense of Place
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (ETOUR)
2003 (English)In: Experiencing an Adventure. Proceedings from the 12th Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality Research. (CD), 2003Conference paper, (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper summarises the results of my recent PhD thesis The Scandinavian Sporting Tour: A Case Study in Geographical Imagology (2002). It takes its starting point at the assumption that cultural studies are relevant for the understanding of the sense of place of any individual or group of individuals. One of the central concerns of the thesis is to contribute towards an increased understanding of how an interest of a locality is born and how a new destination comes into being. By dint of an analysis of a specific travel phenomenon from the past and its findings, the thesis tries to map out a theoretical skeleton for Geographical Imagology. The case itself involves the travels of British gentlemen to certain parts of Norway and Sweden in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries for the main purpose of hunting, shooting and fishing. Over time, these sporting travels developed into a phenomenon with its own peculiar characteristics, and, in many parts of the examined area, into a modern tourism industry. The focal travels were scrutinised on a time axis extending over a period of 90 years and were thereafter put into a larger historical, cultural and sociological context. The scrutiny revealed that in order to understand these travels as a phenomenon and an experience, it does not suffice to study British society at large: one needs also to specifically examine the culture of the British sporting community itself. By doing this, it is possible to map out the cultural framework of the focal travellers, a framework within which their images of the surrounding world emerged. Images, in turn, largely seem to govern our choices with respect, for example, to leisure activity and holiday destination. The case, it is here suggested, sheds new light on the intricacy of the image formation process with regard to geographical places. How people experience and use geographical places seems to be socially and temporally bound: the case illustrates how societal events, developments and trends together with concepts such as identity, ideology, values and culture are intertwined in an intricate way. The present paper will exemplify these findings and discuss how the study of cultural frameworks may be used in understanding the tourist and his/her experience of a place.

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2003.
Keyword [en]
Image, place, tourism, Geographical Imagology, destination image
Keyword [sv]
Turismforskning, Turism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-2231Local ID: 1347OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-2231DiVA: diva2:27263
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2008-09-30 Last updated: 2011-08-17Bibliographically approved

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