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Interpreting taskscapes: the rituals of guided Nature-Based (Dis)Integration in Sweden

Singleton, Benedict (2021). Interpreting taskscapes: the rituals of guided Nature-Based (Dis)Integration in Sweden. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research. 34 , 111-131
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Guided interactions with nature form part of integration programmes aimed at immigrant groups in Nordic societies. Based on data collected on several Swedish Nature-Based Integration (NBI) projects this article examines the rituals nature guides employ on guided walks. It explores how guides enact taskscapes through structured and improvised ritual activity. These taskscapes integrate a moral universe encapsulating nature and society; provide meeting sites for groups of diverse backgrounds; and are a potential base for a wider environmental social movement. I describe moments of apparent integration and conflict over past, present and future usage of nature. Nature guides are prominent in managing tensions and contradictions around integration, a concept containing inherently coercive elements. Guides thus should be aware that their activities may contribute to societal conflicts as well as conciliation. This is of particular relevance with NBI increasingly framed as a potential solution to the ‘problems’ of immigration.

Authors/Creators:Singleton, Benedict
Title:Interpreting taskscapes: the rituals of guided Nature-Based (Dis)Integration in Sweden
Series Name/Journal:Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research
Year of publishing :2021
Page range:111-131
Number of Pages:21
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 504 Sociology > Social Anthropology
Keywords:Nature, migration, integration, environmental communication, taskscapes, ritual, Sweden
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ID Code:22722
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Swedish Biodiversity Centre
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Deposited On:09 Mar 2021 10:23
Metadata Last Modified:09 Mar 2021 10:31

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