The Sound of (Skin) Colors in Norwegian Friluftsliv. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion.

Drawing on two years of fieldwork with minority youth who participated in an outdoor education program located in a low-income area of Oslo, anthropologist Tuva Beyer Broch focus how youth balance their own family background, peers, authority figures, Norwegian society and natural surroundings.

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Drawing on two years of fieldwork with minority youth who participated in an outdoor education program located in a low-income area of Oslo, Broch focus how youth balance natural surroundings. This presentation introduces Norwegian Friluftsliv (life outdoors) as a national identity marker, and then offers empirical vignettes of youth experiences with friluftsliv, the landscapes they move through and people they pass along their way. The vignettes illuminate how the youth talk and see colors in their surroundings, as well as how they place themselves within this colorful landscape.
 
This paper asks: whose framework are the youth acting and understanding themselves within? Broch explore how youth express and experience “the colors of nature,” and what different seasons, landscapes and activities mean for them in the intersection between family background, peers, activity leaders, and Norwegian society. While skies and mountains are seen as white by the youth, Bislet stadium and city parks seem to have colors. Standing between cultures, minority youth attempt to meet different demands, and in the process, may end up betraying themselves.

About the presenter

Tuva Beyer Broch (tuva.broch@nina.no) researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Nature Research, Lillehammer. She is a psychological orientated anthropologist, currently also attached to the department of social anthropology ( University of Oslo) on the project Private Lives; Embedding Sociality at Digital ‘Kitchen-Tables’  where she focus on digital and emotional identity work among urban and rural young adults: https://www.sv.uio.no/sai/english/research/projects/private-lives/case-study-1-emotional-and-digital-identity-work/

About the event series

The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome.

Tags: OSEH, HF, Environmental Humanities, Race
Published Aug. 20, 2021 3:43 PM - Last modified Oct. 28, 2021 10:01 PM