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Young Adult Transition in a Tourism Dominated Rural Area
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
2012 (English)In: Tourism Planning & Development, ISSN 2156-8316, Vol. 9, no 4, 429-440 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Rural peripheral areas generally have an ageing and declining population, few possibilities for education, limited labour market opportunities, and a net loss of young adults. However, some peripheral rural areas hosting large-scale tourism industry has faced a different development. But despite the fact that the loss of young adults is important for the development of these areas, the adult transition in a tourism context has not been so well addressed. In this paper the adult transition in Sälen, a large-scale winter tourism destination, is explored. The analysis is based on life history interviews with focus on how young adults experience the ability to make a living (year-round) in the tourism-dominated area. The way in which they perceive their current and possible future life in Sälen is important when they make decisions about how and where to shape their futures. The findings imply that the flows of people passing through Sälen, as tourists and young seasonal workers, are important both socially and economically for the young adult inhabitants, which in turn contributes to a more secure adult transition and to Sälen's attractiveness among young adults.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2012. Vol. 9, no 4, 429-440 p.
Keyword [en]
young adults; adult transition; rural; tourism; life history interviews
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Komplexa system - mikrodataanalys, General Microdata Analysis - tourism; Komplexa system - mikrodataanalys, Unga vuxna i fjällturismbygder
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-11217DOI: 10.1080/21568316.2012.726260OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-11217DiVA: diva2:565726
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Available from: 2012-11-08 Created: 2012-11-08 Last updated: 2016-12-22Bibliographically approved
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1. Young adults in rural tourism areas
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2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis examines how tourism affects conditions for young adults in rural areas. Such a study lies at the intersection of research about tourism impacts, adult transition, and rural areas. The aim is to examine how largescale tourism affects the opportunities for young adults living in rural areas; their perception of place and the perceived opportunities and obstacles that tourism provides.

The thesis utilizes a mixed method approach. A quantitative study based on micro-data on individuals identifies the patterns and magnitudes of the mechanisms by which tourism affects population change among young adults. Interview methods are used in the case study area, Sälen, to investigate these mechanisms in depth. Finally, the rural–urban dichotomy is explored in a conceptual study that asks how tourism affects the perception of a local village as either rural or urban. Young inhabitants in rural areas are rarely considered in tourism research; therefore, the main contribution of this thesis is that it illuminates how tourism affects conditions for young adults in rural areas.

The thesis reveals a substantial impact on the adult transition, mainly due to easier access to the labor market and a good supply of jobs during the high season. Further, the large number of people passing through creates flows of opportunities to make friends, get a job, or just meet people. All of these factors contribute to high mobility in these places, and to the perception of them as places where things happen. The high mobility in Sälen implies that fixed migrant categories (such as stayers and leavers) are largely insufficient. The tourism environment creates a space that is always under construction and continually producing new social relations mainly perceived as opportunities. Conceptualizing this as a modern rurality is a way to move beyond the often implicit notions of urban as modern and rural as traditional.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro university, 2016. 76 p.
Series
Örebro Studies in Human Geography, 10
Keyword
young adults, adult transition, tourism, rural areas, Sälen, telephone interviews, register study, life history interviews, population change, mobility
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Complex Systems – Microdata Analysis
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-23702 (URN)978-91-7529-142-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-05-27, Clas Ohlson, Röda vägen 3, Borlänge, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2016-12-22 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2016-12-22Bibliographically approved

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