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Vacationing as making home
2015 (English)In: Panel 5: Contradictions of holiday: The exotic and the ordinary in European recreational spheres, 2015Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

What happens when tourism as a way of life on the Costa del Sol in Spain is changed for the making of vacationing based on the quest for the familiar, the ordinary, and the well-known of one’s homeland? How do Swedish migrants experience vacationing at home in Sweden as the making of home? This paper explores what happens when Swedish lifestyle migrants on Costa del Sol in Spain find themselves as the Other looking from the outside into life in the homeland during vacation experiences and travel to Sweden in summertime. The paper presents how making vacation becomes a making of home and belonging, but also reveals estrangement and differences in relation to visits in the homeland. Notions of homeland becomes understood as notions of Sweden in summertime during which family and social relations are being maintained and restored, as well as family traditions reproduced after longer periods of separation and absence from one another.

Based on ethnographical fieldwork conducted on the Costa del Sol for the dissertation Finding One’s Place, the analysis is drawn from interview material with 12 Swedish nationals, 7 women and 5 men, who live on a permanent basis along the southern Spanish coast. In addition, fieldwork also entailed participant experience within the Swedish infrastructure of institutions, organizations and private enterprises on the Costa del Sol, which offers services and goods to the Swedish population in the Swedish language. 

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Vacation, home-making, lifestyle migration, mobility, transnationality, family-making, belonging
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-286610OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-286610DiVA: diva2:921825
33 Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference, August 18-21, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Available from: 2016-04-21 Created: 2016-04-21 Last updated: 2016-04-21

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