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The Infrastructure of nature: leisure cabins and the built environment in Norway, 1850-2000
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (USSTE ; Arcum)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3696-4189
2011 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
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Scandinavians like to think of themselves as being particularly close to nature. Identifying exactly what this nature is, however, is tricky. This paper historicizes the making of Norwegian nature by following the leisure cabin from 1850 until present. Cabins serve as gateways to nature for Norwegians, but have also permanently altered and influenced what we think of as natural. This paper examines how the infrastructures connecting people to cabins and to scenic landscapes have now become an integrated part of the Norwegian landscape. Large parts of Norway’s nature cannot be experienced outside of this infrastructure; at the same time, it is precisely through using this infrastructure Norwegians have come to know and appreciate nature. In conclusion, the paper will argue that sustainable environmental management should consider the history of how we have come to use and experience nature, but not look back to an idea of pristine, untouched nature for solutions.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-52323OAI: diva2:504092
Environmental Humanities: Cultural perspectives on nature and the environment, Sigtuna, Sweden, 14-16 October 2011
Available from: 2012-02-17 Created: 2012-02-17 Last updated: 2016-06-17

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