Fatal Accidents in Outdoor Recreation and Nature-Based Tourism in Norway: A Discourse Analysis
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Original versionHorgen, A. (2021). Fatal Accidents in Outdoor Recreation and Nature-Based Tourism in Norway: A Discourse Analysis. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 13(3), 70-85. http://doi.org/10.18666/JOREL-2021-V13-I3-10495
The purpose of this research is to investigate how the Norwegian outdoor-safety discourse develop between 2005 – 2015. Second, I examine the creation of meaning and understanding about risk and safety in the outdoors. The research affirms that important elements of opinion formation are discursively negotiated. The main line in the negotiations revolves around how to relate to ‘the mountain common sense line’, based on the code of conduct of ‘touring at your own risk’. The legal discourse, the energy industry safety discourse and the professional struggle draw towards less individual responsibility for own safety, and more towards institutional responsibility for people’s safety, more public regulation and more physical facilitations to reduce risk. On the other hand, lax regulatory legislation, the administrative apparatus, ‘the layman tradition’ and the friluftsliv discourse draws on individual responsibility for one’s own safety, limited institutional responsibility and public regulation, and moderate physical facilitations aimed at keeping people safe.