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Moms Away: Exploring Finnish Mothers’ Travel Risk Perception from an Ethnographic Perspective

Kinnunen, Kristiina LU (2013) TKAM02 20131
Division of Ethnology
Abstract (Swedish)
The amount of trips abroad made by Finns every year has been increasing steadily for 15 years. However, how Finns perceive or manage risks related to travelling abroad is not well known. Traditionally, risk management has been studied as a separate part of the daily life of people. This thesis focuses on the notion that risk management in travel practices can be better understood by applying ethnographic methods and cultural theory. The aim of this thesis is to study how Finnish mothers‟ ideas about risk in conjunction with travelling shape the way they manage risks when travelling. To study this issue, in depth interviews were conducted with Finnish mothers guided by two themes: what ideals do the respondents relate to travelling and what... (More)
The amount of trips abroad made by Finns every year has been increasing steadily for 15 years. However, how Finns perceive or manage risks related to travelling abroad is not well known. Traditionally, risk management has been studied as a separate part of the daily life of people. This thesis focuses on the notion that risk management in travel practices can be better understood by applying ethnographic methods and cultural theory. The aim of this thesis is to study how Finnish mothers‟ ideas about risk in conjunction with travelling shape the way they manage risks when travelling. To study this issue, in depth interviews were conducted with Finnish mothers guided by two themes: what ideals do the respondents relate to travelling and what risks do they associate with their travelling practices. The review of theory and previous research is introduced in order to; first, display how different social aspects influence risk perception, and second, to illustrate how exploring the respondents‟ travel habitus can be used to better understand the risk perception of respondents. Six key findings emerge from the discussion of empirical material. First, travelling abroad regularly is an ideal aspect of the life of Finnish mothers. Second, the respondents have a shared understanding of what ideal travel is like. Third, the most important risks that the respondents considered were equipment risk and physical risk, similar to findings of previous research. However, psychological risk, satisfaction risk and social risk are essentially linked to travelling practices. Fourth, the respondents‟ previous experience of travel and risks related to travel influenced how they perceived risks in the future. Fifth, the respondents had a shared image of how risks should be managed when travelling to Europe or outside of Europe and what is the role of travel health consultation. Finally, the respondents' subjective interests towards a destination affected how they perceived risks; if the respondents had a personal interest towards a destination, they were more likely to see possible risks related to the destination as manageable. (Less)
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author
Kinnunen, Kristiina LU
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course
TKAM02 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
children, mothers, risk management, risk perception, travel, habitus, ethnography
language
English
id
3910519
date added to LUP
2013-08-28 08:21:54
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2013-08-28 08:21:54
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  abstract     = {The amount of trips abroad made by Finns every year has been increasing steadily for 15 years. However, how Finns perceive or manage risks related to travelling abroad is not well known. Traditionally, risk management has been studied as a separate part of the daily life of people. This thesis focuses on the notion that risk management in travel practices can be better understood by applying ethnographic methods and cultural theory. The aim of this thesis is to study how Finnish mothers‟ ideas about risk in conjunction with travelling shape the way they manage risks when travelling. To study this issue, in depth interviews were conducted with Finnish mothers guided by two themes: what ideals do the respondents relate to travelling and what risks do they associate with their travelling practices. The review of theory and previous research is introduced in order to; first, display how different social aspects influence risk perception, and second, to illustrate how exploring the respondents‟ travel habitus can be used to better understand the risk perception of respondents. Six key findings emerge from the discussion of empirical material. First, travelling abroad regularly is an ideal aspect of the life of Finnish mothers. Second, the respondents have a shared understanding of what ideal travel is like. Third, the most important risks that the respondents considered were equipment risk and physical risk, similar to findings of previous research. However, psychological risk, satisfaction risk and social risk are essentially linked to travelling practices. Fourth, the respondents‟ previous experience of travel and risks related to travel influenced how they perceived risks in the future. Fifth, the respondents had a shared image of how risks should be managed when travelling to Europe or outside of Europe and what is the role of travel health consultation. Finally, the respondents' subjective interests towards a destination affected how they perceived risks; if the respondents had a personal interest towards a destination, they were more likely to see possible risks related to the destination as manageable.},
  author       = {Kinnunen, Kristiina},
  keyword      = {children,mothers,risk management,risk perception,travel,habitus,ethnography},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Moms Away: Exploring Finnish Mothers’ Travel Risk Perception from an Ethnographic Perspective},
  year         = {2013},
}