Journal article
(In) equality in the outdoors : gender perspective on recreation and tourism media in the Swedish mountains

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Publication Details
Author list: Godtman Kling, Kristin
Publication year: 2020
Start page: 233
End page: 247
Number of pages: 15
ISSN: 1368-3500
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This paper examines gender differences in participation in various outdoor recreation and tourism activities in the Swedish mountain region, and how these activities are portrayed from a gender perspective on the websites of five major tourist destinations. Spending time in nature has been linked to better health and well-being, and this article contributes to research on the unequal opportunities women and men have in taking part of such advantages. Results show that there is a gender difference in both participation and in representation of outdoor recreation. The observed gender difference is not only in line with the traditional heteronormativity but also suggests that new trends in outdoor recreation are further favoring traditionally masculine modes of engagement with nature. This suggests the need for re-thinking not only gender norms but also human relationships with nature in general.

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