From Aspirational luxury to Hypermobility to Staying on the ground: Unpacking discourses of holiday air travel in Sweden
Welcome to an online seminar on holiday air travel with Sara Ullström, PhD student at LUCSUS studying the role of narratives and individual lifestyle changes in sustainability transitions.
Holiday air travel has become a social norm for a subset of people (in high-income countries), resulting in rapidly growing emissions from aviation. In Sweden, conversations about the climate impacts from aviation are now on the rise, with flying being increasingly problematized.
With a departure in discourse analysis and the concept of storyline this presentation focuses on how the rising problematization of flying changes the meanings of holiday air travel in a carbon-constrained world. Three discourses of holiday air travel are analyzed: Aspirational luxury, Hypermobility, and Staying on the ground. As the storylines tied to these discourses evolve and compete, the meanings of holiday air travel change from desirable to taken-for-granted to an increasingly problematized part of life and society.
Notably, Staying on the ground challenges previously dominant discourses of holiday air travel through two parallel rationalities: moralization (flying is ethically wrong) and persuasion (emphasizing alternative ways of holidaying). By doing so, Staying on the ground contributes to reimagining the future of travel and visions of living well under climate change.
The seminar is mainly targeted to researchers and students, but all interested are welcome.
To participate please register with Natalia Rubiano.
natalia [dot] rubiano_rivadeneira [at] LUCSUS [dot] lu [dot] se
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