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Overvag K.,Eastern Norway Research Institute
Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift | Year: 2011

The purpose of the article is to discuss modern second homes in rural areas in Norway in relation to the concept of migration. The discussion is based on an elaboration of how second homes involve multiple mobilities and not just the physical mobility of the second home owners. Rather, three interconnected mobilities are found to be important concerning second homes in Norway, and these are labelled 'Second homes as part of people's homes', 'The temporary presence of second home owners', and "'Permanent" presence through material means and "connections at a distance"'. It is argued that such second homes should not be conceptualized as representative of a type of migration, but instead it is more appropriate to use the concept of circulation. © 2011 Norwegian Geographical Society.

Batt-Rawden K.B.,Eastern Norway Research Institute
Arts in Psychotherapy | Year: 2010

The study design sought to elicit, through the prism of music, participants' life stories and stories of being well and being ill. A qualitative research stance was used, consisting of a pragmatic synthesis of elements of action research, ethnography and grounded theory. Twenty-two (n=22) participants from Oslo and Akershus in Norway, aged between 34 and 65 and with long-term illnesses and diseases, were recruited as a strategic sample. Data collection involved eight in-depth interviews with each participant stretching over a year from 2004 to 2005. A novel '. Participatory CD Design' was developed and four double CD compilations from different genres were used as devices to increase knowledge as to whether participants through exposure to and exchange of new musical materials and practices, might learn to use music as a 'technology' of self towards health, healing and recovery. The participants met at the end of a yearlong process through a social musical event. © 2010 Elsevier Inc.

Hracs B.J.,Uppsala University | Jakob D.,University of Exeter | Jakob D.,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Hauge A.,Eastern Norway Research Institute
Environment and Planning A | Year: 2013

Geographers have studied the complex relationships between cultural production, consumption, and space for some time, but the marketplace for cultural products is being reconfigured by digital technologies and broader societal trends. For producers of fashion and music the contemporary marketplace is a double-edged sword featuring lower entry barriers and fierce competition from an unprecedented number of producers and ubiquitous substitutes. Global firms and local entrepreneurs struggle to stand out in the crowd and command monopoly rents for their unique goods and services. This paper examines how independent cultural producers use 'exclusivity' to generate attention and distinction. Drawing on qualitative research with independent musicians and fashion designers in Toronto, Stockholm, Berlin, and New York it presents three mechanisms through which exclusivity can be created. These include exploiting consumer demand for uniqueness, enrolling consumers into the production and promotion process, and manipulating physical and virtual space.© 2013 Pion and its licensors.

Overvag K.,Eastern Norway Research Institute | Overvag K.,Norwegian University of Science and Technology
European Urban and Regional Studies | Year: 2010

It is generally argued that commodification of rural areas leads to a change in the rural economy from being based on exploiting the physical environment to being mainly based on exploiting the aesthetical appeal of rural areas. In this article, however, it is revealed that commodification of rural areas in Norway is closely connected with exploitation of the physical environment, including through the re-resourcing of land from marginal agriculture and abandoned industrial sites into second home developments. This re-resourcing has also been an economic driving force for related tourist, housing and infrastructure developments. Politically, it has significantly influenced local power configurations. Simultaneously, external and local actors are commanded by stronger environmental regulations that govern the geography of re-resourcing. This article is based on studies of the municipalities of Ringebu and Kragerø, Norway, using analysis of planning documents and qualitative interviews. © The Author(s), 2010.

Overvag K.,Eastern Norway Research Institute | Skjeggedal T.,Norwegian University of Science and Technology | Sandstrom C.,Umea University
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management | Year: 2015

We have investigated why conflicts linked to the distribution of power between governments and actors at the national and local levels concerning environmental management of mountain areas in Norway persist despite political intentions to strengthen local powers. We seek to explain this by analysing changes in policies, institutional frameworks, and regional contexts, and the local perceptions of these changes. Paradoxically, the national government's power has apparently been strengthened by new sectoral regulations and more stringent enforcement of the existing ones, increases in the number and extent of protected areas, and failures to act on intentions to devolve power. An additional factor spurring conflicts is the increased importance of tourism to mountain communities. To become more relevant to policies and development in mountain areas, future studies on multilevel governance must address multilevel politics, entire mountain areas, and the context of their development, rather than focusing on minor projects and protected areas. © 2015 University of Newcastle upon Tyne

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