Coping with Cars, Families, and Foreigners: Swedish Postwar Tourism
Kapitel i bok, 2015

Starting in the early 1930s, the Swedish hostel offered simple, low-cost, communal accommodation for hiking and biking tourists. Hostels were the domain of the Swedish Tourist Association, the key intermediary in the Swedish tourism sector. In this chapter, Per Lundin explores how Sweden’s traditional hostel movement coped with the ensuing postwar tourism, which was highly mobile, car-based, and family-oriented. The American-style motel appeared perfectly suited to accommodate this modern form of tourism. But, as Lundin demonstrates, the Swedish Tourist Association chose to modernize the hostel movement in another way: by selectively appropriating components of the American model of modernity. Ultimately, Sweden—and much of Europe—adopted the car-centered, highly mobile way of life—without adopting the American concept of comfort.

postwar (1945-75)

technology

tourism

Sweden

cars

Americanization

consumption

Europe

Författare

Per Lundin

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation

The Making of European Consumption: Facing the American Challenge

200-228

Ämneskategorier

Ekonomisk historia

Teknikhistoria

ISBN

9781137374035

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Skapat

2017-10-07