Cultural understanding and integration through Norwegian friluftsliv and outdoor environment

Asp, Hanne Veronica Lie (2015) Cultural understanding and integration through Norwegian friluftsliv and outdoor environment. Masters dissertation, University of Cumbria. Item availability may be restricted.

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This Masters of Arts is a qualitative study on how friluftsliv can contribute to cultural understanding and integration. The study seeks insight into how one reception center for asylum seekers and immigrants in Norway makes use of local natural surroundings and cultural aspects of friluftsliv as part of everyday life at the center, and as part of a broader information program. Norway has a population of diversity, whereas 669 000 out of 5.1 million are with immigrant background. The predicted number of immigrants in 2050 is about 1.3 million. Immigration comes with challenges both for the individual immigrant, but also for Norway as a country. Norway is a country aiming for integration and a multicultural society, built on the principles of democracy, equality, respect, acceptance, and equal rights for all groups and cultures. The result of the research could be of future importance, because it could be used as a review for what might be a productive and positive way of organizing information programs at reception centers. Through empirical insights, interviews with seven key informants, including observation and informal, daily conversations, findings illustrate how the reception center utilize manifold of friluftsliv activities as part of the information program and everyday life at the reception center. Correspondently the activities are valued and described as enjoyable for the current and previous asylum seekers, resulting in shared experiences, cross-cultural understanding and knowledge about Norway’s environment and society.

Item Type: Thesis/Dissertation (Masters)
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Outdoor Studies
Additional Information: Dissertation presented in part fulfilment of the requirements of the Degree of Master of Arts in Transcultural European Outdoor Studies, Department of Physical Education Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, 2015, in collaboration with the University of Cumbria, UK.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2018 16:03
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 13:32
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