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The nature of an upscale nature : Bro Hof Slott Golf Club and the political ecology of high-end golf

Jönsson, Erik LU (2016) In Tourist Studies 16(3). p.315-336
Abstract

Political ecology, as a perspective for exploring power-permeated socio-ecological transformations, has to date rarely engaged with tourism. Neither has tourism theory, with some notable exceptions, engaged much with political ecology. In this article, I argue that the resultant lack of dialogue between these signifies a loss for political ecology and tourism theory alike, but also that current conceptualisations of tourism have much to offer for instigating a dialogue. Combining social-constructivist, political economy–oriented and Actor–Network-Theory conceptualisations of tourism with political ecology work, I account for the establishment of Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Upplands-Bro, northwest of Sweden’s capital. Here, immense... (More)

Political ecology, as a perspective for exploring power-permeated socio-ecological transformations, has to date rarely engaged with tourism. Neither has tourism theory, with some notable exceptions, engaged much with political ecology. In this article, I argue that the resultant lack of dialogue between these signifies a loss for political ecology and tourism theory alike, but also that current conceptualisations of tourism have much to offer for instigating a dialogue. Combining social-constructivist, political economy–oriented and Actor–Network-Theory conceptualisations of tourism with political ecology work, I account for the establishment of Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Upplands-Bro, northwest of Sweden’s capital. Here, immense investments have transformed shorelines into a meticulously maintained upscale golf landscape. But the development simultaneously sparked new future visions for what Upplands-Bro could become and conflicts concerning whether the development breached local plans, thereby illuminating the political nature of tourist-oriented environmental transformation.

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conflict, golf, political ecology, rural planning, state action
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Tourist Studies
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16
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3
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SAGE Publications
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10.1177/1468797615618306http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468797615618306
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  language     = {eng},
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  title        = {The nature of an upscale nature : Bro Hof Slott Golf Club and the political ecology of high-end golf},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468797615618306http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468797615618306},
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