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Place identity of a rural Swedish landscape
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2013 (English)In: : , 2013Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
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Twelve small forest huts were built during the mid-1990s, in a rural part of Sweden renowned for its age-old iron making industry. They were constructed as a social action program for unemployed workers. With support by the local municipality and the National Labour Market Board, the huts were modeled after olden charcoal workers’ lodges. Ten years later an entrepreneur opened up a hostel with an eco-friendly profile at the premises, in cooperation with The Swedish Tourist Association. Guests now stay over in the charcoal workers’ simple huts, fetch drinking water in a fresh forest well and cook food on an open fire. Wildlife adventures, such as moose safaris, are offered to the visitors upon request.Organisation of the landscape – as in the actual soil, vegetation and the role of man – has changed over the centuries. Selective parts of a mining heritage conservation is marked with new meanings and incorporated in an eco-tourism discourse. The unique outdoor experience also produces the visitors as a busy city man on a merely brief visit to the countryside. The project has won several prestigious national and international awards and is featured in international tourism guides. This landscape contains more assets than the local natural qualities and a cultural heritage. It also borrows ingredients (such as the use of mythic tales and special rituals) from other stagings of unique places, which introduces a paradox. Elements from other unique places are included, so this could be recognized, sanctioned and used as precisely a unique place.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-99391OAI: diva2:656852
5th Nordic Geographers' Meeting, 11-14 June 2013, Reykjavík, Iceland. Session: Tourism for northern peripheries?
Available from: 2013-10-17 Created: 2013-10-17 Last updated: 2013-10-25

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