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Johannes Stripple

Johannes Stripple

Docent | Universitetslektor | Principal Investigator BECC

Johannes Stripple

From aspirational luxury to hypermobility to staying on the ground: changing discourses of holiday air travel in Sweden

Författare

  • Sara Ullström
  • Johannes Stripple
  • Kimberly Nicholas

Summary, in English

Research has demonstrated an unwillingness among travelers to reduce their holiday flying. Recently, however, a movement with people avoiding and problematizing flying has emerged in Sweden and spread internationally. This paper explores how the rising problematization of flying changes the meanings of holiday air travel in a carbon-constrained world. Using travel magazines and digital media sources, we trace changing discourses (overarching ideas and traditions shaping social practices) of holiday air travel in Sweden from 1950–2019. The paper identifies the emergence of a new discourse (Staying on the ground) and shows how it works through moralization (flying is ethically wrong) and persuasion (emphasizing alternatives) to challenge dominant meanings of holiday air travel as desirable and necessary. While Staying on the ground is far from a dominant discourse, there are signs that it has begun to destabilize contemporary cultures of aeromobility. The Staying on the ground discourse exemplifies how meanings attached to ingrained high-carbon practices, and the policies that sustain them, are currently being contested and rearticulated. Acknowledging that low-carbon transformations are fundamentally forms of social and cultural change, the paper illustrates why practices of carbon lock-in are so entrenched, but also how they might be resisted and open up for change.

Avdelning/ar

  • LUCSUS
  • BECC: Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate
  • Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Publiceringsår

2021-11-22

Språk

Engelska

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Journal of Sustainable Tourism

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Routledge

Ämne

  • Earth and Related Environmental Sciences

Nyckelord

  • Climate change; cultural change; social change; sustainable tourism; social norms; aviation

Status

Epub

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 0966-9582